Jennifer Doudna, Ph.D.
- Howard Hughes Medical Institute investigator at UC Berkeley
- Founder of the Innovative Genomics Institute
- Recipient of the 2020 Nobel Prize in Chemistry for the development of a method for genome editing, CRISPR-Cas9
CRISPR and Coronavirus
Date: Friday, October 30, 2020
Time: 10:30 to 11:45 a.m.
Cost: Free, however registration is required
About the Speaker
Jennifer Doudna is the Li Ka Shing Chancellor’s Chair and a professor in the departments of Chemistry and Molecular and Cell Biology at the University of California, Berkeley, as well as an investigator of the Howard Hughes Medical Institute. Her co-discovery of CRISPR-Cas9 genetic engineering technology, with collaborator, French scientist Emmanuelle Charpentier, has changed human and agricultural genomics research forever. This genome-editing technology enables scientists to change or remove genes quickly, with a precision only dreamed of just a few years ago. Labs worldwide have re-directed the course of their research programs to incorporate this new tool, creating a CRISPR revolution with huge implications across biology and medicine. In addition to her scientific achievements and eminence, Doudna is also a leader in public discussion of the ethical and other implications of genome editing for human biology and societies, and advocates for thoughtful approaches to the development of policies around the use of CRISPR-Cas9. She has received many prizes for her discoveries, including the Japan Prize (2016), the Kavli Prize (2018), the LUI Che Woo Welfare Betterment Prize (2019), the Wolf Prize in Medicine (2020) and the Nobel Prize in Chemistry (2020). In 2015, Doudna was named by Time magazine as one of the 100 most influential people in the world.
About the Distinguished Speaker Series in Research and Innovation
The Distinguished Speaker Series in Research and Innovation will bring accomplished thought leaders from around the world to UC Davis to share their vision for the next generation of research and how it can transform our society.
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