Johnson County Science Café : March 10th

Using Genomics to Forage in Biology

Speakers: Dr. Chris Siedel, Genomic Scientist at the Stowers Institute for Medical Research

Date: March 10, 2015

Time: 6:30 pm

Location: Coach’s Bar and Grill, 9089 W. 135th Street, one block west of 135th and Antioch, south side of 135th St.

A genome is the composition of the DNA in each cell of an individual. Dr. Siedel will introduce genomics and describe how it has transformed biology. He will discuss how newer genomic technology enables experiments in novel organisms such as studying stem cells in flatworms, and enables personalized medicine to become a reality.

Chris Seidel is a Genomic Scientist at the Stowers Institute for Medical Research. He grew up in the San Francisco Bay Area and earned his Ph.D. in Molecular Biology from UC Berkeley. He worked at a small company designing genomic reagents to enable studies in a range of model organisms such as yeast and mouse to pathogens such as malaria and tuberculosis. In 2003 he moved to Kansas City to work at the Stowers Institute to develop and apply genomic methods to basic biological research problems.

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