12:30 - 1:00 pm practice/visiting
1:00 - 2:00 pm Speaker
SPEAKER: Kevin Doxzen, Ph.D.
ABSTRACT: Bacteria are under constant attack from viruses. In order to defend themselves, these microbes have evolved an elaborate immune system called “CRISPR.” Through the process of studying this intricate immune system, scientists realized that CRISPR proteins might not only improve the health of bacteria, but also humans. In thousands of labs across the world, researchers are actively programming CRISPR proteins to precisely target and cut DNA and RNA in hundreds of different organisms. We are now in a biological revolution, changing the fields of medicine, agriculture, and conservation. From curing deadly genetic disorders to engineering drought-resistant plants, CRISPR genome editing technology will reshape modern medicine and equip us with tools to cope with a changing planet. This talk with cover the CRISPR story, from discovery to recent applications, including detecting and treating the novel SARS-CoV-2 virus. This talk will also go beyond the science and raise vital questions that individuals and society as a whole must confront as CRISPR moves from the bench to the bedside.
BIOGRAPHY: Kevin received his PhD in Biophysics from the lab of Jennifer Doudna at UC Berkeley. Transitioning away from the bench, Kevin joined the Innovative Genomics Institute (IGI) as the Science Communications Specialist. The IGI is a joint research partnership between UC Berkeley and UCSF, focused on developing genome-editing technologies to treat genetic diseases and engineer sustainable agriculture. In his role, Kevin undertakes of range of projects across education, outreach, and communications focused on the science and societal impacts of genome editing.
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