PLENARY KEYNOTE SESSION
We are thrilled to announce that Dr. George Church, Professor of Genetics at Harvard Medical School, will be the plenary keynote speaker at PEGS Summit 2020.
Dr. Church will be joined by our selected Young Scientist Keynote for the plenary keynote session and audience Q&A on Monday, May 4 at 4:00 pm.
George Church, PhD, Professor, Genetics, Harvard Medical School; Professor, Health Sciences and Technology, Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT); Director, US Department of Energy Technology Center; Director, NIH Center of Excellence in Genomic Science
George M. Church, PhD ’84, is professor of genetics at Harvard Medical School, a founding member of the Wyss Institute, and director of PersonalGenomes.org, the world’s only open-access information on human genomic, environmental, and trait data. Church is known for pioneering the fields of personal genomics and synthetic biology. He developed the first methods for the first genome sequence & dramatic cost reductions since then (down from $3 billion to $600), contributing to nearly all “next generation sequencing” methods and companies. His team invented CRISPR for human stem cell genome editing and other synthetic biology technologies and applications – including new ways to create organs for transplantation, gene therapies for aging reversal, and gene drives to eliminate Lyme Disease and Malaria. Church is director of IARPA & NIH BRAIN Projects and National Institutes of Health Center for Excellence in Genomic Science. He has coauthored 450 papers, 105 patents, and one book, “Regenesis”. His honors include Franklin Bower Laureate for Achievement in Science, the Time 100, and election to the National Academies of Sciences and Engineering.