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George Church Speaker

George Church

speaker location icon Boston, USA

Professor of Genetics, Harvard Medical School

Founding Member, Wyss Institute for Biologically Inspired Engineering at Harvard

Author, "Regenesis: How Synthetic Biology Will Reinvent Nature and Ourselves"

George Church Speaker Profile:

George McDonald Church is an American geneticist, molecular engineer, and chemist. As of 2015, he is Robert Winthrop Professor of Genetics at Harvard Medical School and Professor of Health Sciences and Technology at Harvard and MIT, and was a founding member of the Wyss Institute for Biologically Inspired Engineering at Harvard. As of March 2017, Church serves as a member of the Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists’ Board of Sponsors. He studied at Duke University, completing a bachelor’s degree in zoology and chemistry in two years. After getting kicked out of Duke for spending too much time in the lab and not enough time in the classroom, he went to Harvard University to do graduate work in 1977. He completed his Ph.D. in biochemistry and molecular biology working on mobile genetic elements within introns of yeast mitochondrial and mouse immunoglobulin genes. 

After the completion of his doctoral work, Church spent 6 months at the industrial laboratory, Biogen, in 1984. Later on, he did a Life Sciences Research Foundation postdoctoral fellowship at the University of California, San Francisco. In 1986, Church joined the Harvard Medical School faculty as an assistant professor. Currently, he is the Robert Winthrop Professor of Genetics at Harvard Medical School and member of the Harvard-MIT Health Sciences and Technology faculty. He is also a founding member of the Wyss Institute for Biologically Inspired Engineering at Harvard University. He has co-authored more than 330 publications, 60 patents, and the book “Regenesis: How Synthetic Biology Will Reinvent Nature and Ourselves” (2014). Church has served as director of the Center on Bioenergy Technology at Harvard, funded by a multiyear award from the U.S. Department of Energy and of the Center of Excellence in Genomic Science at Harvard.

His speaking topics include:

– Future of Human Genomics and Synthetic Biology
– Engineering Technologies for Reversal of Aging
– BRAIN Project I/O & Human Genome Engineering
– GENOME: The Future is Now
– Technologies for reading, writing & interpreting omes
– Future Technologies


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