43rd Annual Probst Lecturer, Dr. Jennifer Doudna

“CRISPR is a surgical tool for changing the code of life. Our goal is to deploy this enabling technology to have a positive impact on the human condition.”Dr. Jennifer Doudna

The Department of Chemistry will host the 2019 Jean Dreyfus and 43rd Annual Probst Lecture series on Mar. 26 with Dr. Jennifer Doudna as the guest speaker. A Professor in the Department of Chemistry and the Department of Molecular and Cell Biology at the University of California Berkeley, Doudna is world renowned for her fundamental work on CRISPR-mediated genome editing.

One of the most monumental discoveries in modern biology, CRISPR (clustered regularly interspaced short palindromic repeats) is a family of DNA sequences found within the genomes of prokaryotes. In conjunction with Cas9 (CRISPR-associated protein 9), it can be utilized to permanently modify genes in living cells and organisms at precise locations. The system is considered to be one of the most significant discoveries in the history of biology and Doudna is co-inventor of the technology. She will be presenting a public lecture, “The Future of Genome Editing,” on this simple, yet power tool that holds great promise for clinical and research applications.

Doudna has been included in Time: 100 Most Influential People in 2015 and awarded Time: Person of the Year in 2016. She is a member of the National Academy of Sciences and has received numerous prestigious fellowships and awards such as the 2015 Breakthrough Prize in Life Sciences and the 2016 Tang Prize in Biopharmaceutical Science.

For additional information on the lecture location and times please visit: https://www.siue.edu/artsandsciences/chemistry/probst.shtml or contact the Chemistry Department.

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