Director’s Special Colloquium: ‘Reading & Editing Genomes’
George Church, professor of genetics at Harvard Medical School, founding member of the Wyss Institute, and director of PersonalGenomes.org, will present “Reading & Editing Genomes” at a Director’s Special Colloquium on Wednesday, July 18, 2018, at 10:30 a.m. in the Building 402 Auditorium. All employees whose schedules permit are invited to attend.
Shuttle service will be provided starting at 9:45 a.m. with stops at Building 201, 212, 202, 203, 200, 205, 240 and 362 to Building 402 for 10:30 a.m. talk. Return trips will follow the talk.
Event parking is prohibited along the sides of roads; if the main parking lot is full, please use the APS overflow lot located near Building 450.
For reading genomes, we developed methods for next-generation fluorescent sequencing by synthesis, nanopore sequencing and in situ methods. For editing genomes, we discovered technologies to make libraries of millions of 200-mers on chips, plus catalysts — TALENs, CRISPR, MAGE. We have combined reading and editing to recode whole genomes to make organisms resistant to most (or potentially all) viruses — as well as efficiently incorporate non-standard amino acids and biocontainment.
George M. Church, Ph.D. ’84, is a professor of genetics at Harvard Medical School, a founding member of the Wyss Institute and director of PersonalGenomes.org, the world’s only open-access information on human genomic, environmental and trait data. Church is known for pioneering the fields of personal genomics and synthetic biology. He developed the first methods for the first genome sequence and dramatic cost reductions since then (down from $3 billion to $600), contributing to nearly all “next generation sequencing” methods and companies. His team invented CRISPR for human stem cell genome editing and other synthetic biology technologies and applications — including new ways to create organs for transplantation, gene therapies for aging reversal and gene drives to eliminate Lyme disease and malaria. Church is director of IARPA & NIH BRAIN Projects and National Institutes of Health Center for Excellence in Genomic Science. He has coauthored 450 papers, 105 patents and one book, “Regenesis.” His honors include the Franklin Bower Laureate for Achievement in Science, the Time 100, and election to the National Academies of Sciences and Engineering.