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CRISPR Genome Editing: Emerging Technologies and Applications

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Genome editing is adapting and evolving rapidly. Learn about the science behind the CRISPR technology and its real world applications.

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The impact of genome editing on technology, science and entrepreneurship is profound and promises to alter the way we address medical and agricultural problems.

At this event, designed for a general audience and anyone interested in biotechnology and life sciences, our speakers will discuss the biology of CRISPR and emerging applications of the genome editing technology.

The evening begins with a lecture followed by a panel discussion among academic and industry representatives, including UC Berkeley's Innovative Genomics Institute. Q&A will follow the discussion.

Don't miss this opportunity to hear from some leading scientists about the research and development in this field.

Seating is limited. Register today.

About the presenters:

Geoffrey Sargent, PhD, CEO, Chair at GeneTether, has been working in the field of gene editing in mammalian cells since 1987 starting at the Imperial Cancer Research Fund (now Cancer UK) in Great Britain. He was one of the first researchers to use a site-specific DNA strand breaking system in 1994 to study gene editing by homologous recombination and non-homologous end joining in mammalian cells while working at the Baylor College of Medicine in Houston, TX. Since moving to San Francisco Bay Area in 1998, he has continued to work in biotech and academia developing gene editing technologies in pluripotent stem cells for treatment of sickle cell disease and cystic fibrosis. He has held positions at UCSF, and as CSO and VP Research in stem cell and gene therapy companies.

Kevin Doxzen received his PhD in Biophysics from the lab of Dr. Jennifer Doudna at UC Berkeley that discovers and develops CRISPR systems and other RNA-guided mechanisms of gene regulation. Following grad school, 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 tools to treat genetic diseases and engineer sustainable agriculture. In this role, Kevin undertakes a myriad of projects in education, outreach, and communications. From designing high school CRISPR kits to developing CRISPR AR and VR apps, the IGI is working to bring educational tools to school, libraries, and hospitals. Kevin also gives public talks, writes op-ed articles, and collaborates with various community groups to engage, equip, and empower different stakeholders with accurate information. Disruptive technologies are rapidly advancing, and Kevin wants to make sure no one is left behind.

Nicole Paulk is an Assistant Adjunct Professor and K01 Fellow in Viral Gene Therapy at UCSF in San Francisco. Dr. Paulk has a BS in Medical Microbiology, a PhD in Viral Gene Therapy and Regenerative Hepatology from OHSU with Dr. Markus Grompe, and completed her Postdoctoral Fellowship in Human Gene Therapy with Dr. Mark Kay at Stanford University. She is a pioneer in the development of next-generation AAV gene delivery platforms and has engineered payloads for gene repair and gene transfer for numerous rare diseases, utilized directed evolution to evolve capsid serotypes with novel tropisms, and has applied comparative proteomic approaches to interrogate challenges in vector manufacturing. Dr. Paulk’s translational research lab at UCSF now develops solutions for the biggest problems in gene therapy: cost, delivery and efficacy, with a focus on treatments for rare diseases and cancer.

Peggy G. Lemaux is on the faculty in the Department of Plant and Microbial Biology at UC Berkeley. Although formally trained in microbiology, Peggy has focused her research on understanding and modifying crop plants to improve their capacity to address climate change and population expansion. Her laboratory uses genetic engineering, editing and other genomic technologies to understand and improve cereal crops, like wheat, barley, rice and sorghum. Presently she is the lead investigator on a $12.3M Department of Energy-sponsored project to use ‘omic technologies to study mechanisms involved in the notable drought tolerance of sorghum and its associated microbiome. Her teaching is aimed at public audiences and focuses on plants, agriculture, food production and the impact of new technologies, like genomics, genetic engineering and genome editing, on agriculture and food. She is a fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science, the American Society of Agronomy, the American Society of Plant Biologists and served as its president in 2013.

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UC Berkeley Extension San Francisco Campus

160 Spear Street, enter on Main St.

5th floor, Room 505

San Francisco, CA 94105

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