COLLEGE STATION - The 10th annual Dr. Raymond O. Berry Lecture will be held from 3-5 p.m. on April 2 at the Veterinary Medical Disciplinary Building at the College of Veterinary Medicine at Texas A&M University.
Dr. John C. Herr, professor of cell biology and urology and director of the Center for Research in Contraceptive and Reproductive Health at the University of Virginia School of Medicine, will give a presentation on “Mining the Sperm Proteome for Uncharted Regions of the Human Genome.” A proteome is the full complement of proteins produced by a particular genome.
Herr is a reproductive and developmental biologist who focuses on the discovery of genes and proteins in sperm and egg that influence fertility and developing contraceptives. For example, he is evaluating the ability of sperm proteins to induce contraceptive vaccines.
The lecture is held annually to honor the late Raymond Berry, who was a Texas A&M faculty member for many years. He contributed significantly to the discipline of reproductive immunology through his pioneering embryo transfer studies.
Prior to Herr’s lecture, Dr. Duane C. Kraemer, professor of veterinary physiology and pharmacology at the College of Veterinary Medicine, will present anecdotes about Berry.
Special guests will be Joseph and Mrs. Dorothy McLemore and Curt and Margaret Thompson, all of Houston, who are Berry’s daughters and sons-in-law.