George Church, Professor of Genetics at Harvard Medical School, will present the 2019 Kaulenas Lecture.
The title of his talk is: Multiplexing Technologies for Virology, Immunology & Developmental Biology.
Professor Church has co-authored more than 500 papers, 143 patent publications & the book Regenesis. He is the Director of PersonalGenomes.org, which provides the world's only open-access information on human Genomic, Environmental & Trait data (GET). His 1984 Harvard PhD included the first methods for direct genome sequencing, molecular multiplexing & barcoding. These led to the first genome sequence (pathogen, Helicobacter pylori) in 1994. His innovations have contributed to nearly all "next generation" DNA sequencing methods and companies (CGI-BGI, Life, Illumina, Nanopore). This plus his lab's work on chip-DNA-synthesis, gene editing and stem cell engineering resulted in founding additional application-based companies spanning fields of medical diagnostics & synthetic biology / therapeutics. His honors include election to NAS & NAE & Franklin Bower Laureate for Achievement in Science.