Chilton Lectures

Arthur L. Chilton and the A. L. Chilton Foundation have been instrumental to the success of the Department of Biochemistry at UT Southwestern Medical Center.

Mr. Chilton was the founder of Sky Broadcasting System, with radio stations broadcasting from Texas, Louisiana, and Arkansas. Mr. Chilton was also an active and very generous philanthropist, creating the Chilton Foundation in 1945 to support medical research, youth organizations, and other charities. 

He began supporting UT Southwestern biochemistry students in the 1950s because of an interest in lipid metabolism and research related to obesity. That grew into a sustained and long-term commitment to support the Department of Biochemistry.

Mr. Chilton died in 1973, but through his close friend, the late T. Andrew Bell, and subsequently his widow, Mar Nell, and daughters, Bonnie Harding and Pattie Brown, his legacy as a forward-thinking benefactor continues at UT Southwestern Medical Center.

2015 Chilton Lecture

Takao Kondo, Ph.D.
Takao Kondo, Ph.D.

Takao Kondo, Ph.D.

Title: "Measuring Time of a Day in Cyanobacteria by Circadian Clock Protein KaiC"

Time/Date: 4 p.m. April 15, 2015

Location: Excellence in Education Foundation Auditorium
Simmons Biomedical Research Building

About Dr. Kondo

Takao Kondo was born in 1948 in Aichi Prefecture, Japan, and received his Ph.D. from Nagoya University in 1977 with the thesis "Physiological studies on the mechanisms of the circadian rhythm in potassium uptake and leakage in a duckweed, Lemna gibba G3.” He is now Professor Emeritus and Designated Professor of the Graduate School of Science, Nagoya University. His research has been supported by the CREST program of JST and Kakenhi grants from JSPS.

In 1978, Dr. Kondo was appointed Assistant Professor of the National Institute for Basic Biology, Okazaki, Japan. He was a visiting scientist at Harvard University in 1985 and  at Vanderbilt University in 1990 and 1991, where he started the research on circadian clock of cyanobacteria with international collaborations.

In 1995, he was appointed Professor of Biology at Nagoya University. From 2006 to 2009, he served as Dean of the Graduate School of Science. He was Director of Nagoya University's Institute for Advanced Research from 2007 to 2013. 

Dr. Kondo studied on the biological clock throughout his academic career. He first studied the potassium uptake rhythm of the Lemna plant (1975-1985), the green alga Chlamydomonas (1985-1990), then moved to the cyanobacterium Synechococcus by using a real time bioluminescence reporter technique (1991-present). Using this system, he identified kai genes and succeeded to reconstitute the circadian oscillation of KaiC phosphorylation (1995).

Dr. Kondo has received a number of awards, including the Aschoff-Homna Prize (1995), Chunichi Prize (2005), Japanese Society of Botany Prize (2006), Asahi Prize (2007), JSPS Prize (2007), Medal with Purple Ribbon and Kihara Prize in 2011, and The Japan Academy Prize in 2014.