Iconic Voices from MIT: The Future of Medical Innovation with Dr Feng Zhang

09 Dec 2020 10AM to 11AM Webinar

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Discovery and Development of Natural Systems for Improving Human Health

The Future of Medical Innovation: Genome Editing Tools

In the first-ever webinar for Iconic Voices from MIT, join Dr Feng Zhang, a trailblazer in molecular biology, as he discusses how natural systems, like CRISPR, are being harnessed to improve human health. Dr Zhang pioneered the use of CRISPR for genome editing, a revolutionary technology that has the potential to change how we treat disease.

About the Speaker

Dr Feng Zhang is a molecular biologist focused on improving human health. He played an integral role in the development of two revolutionary technologies, optogenetics and CRISPR-Cas systems, including pioneering the use of Cas9 for genome editing and discovering CRISPR-Cas12 and Cas13 systems and developing them for therapeutic and diagnostics applications.
Dr Zhang’s seminal work provided the foundation for CRISPR-based medicines, and his discoveries continue to fuel the clinical translation of CRISPR technologies. Additionally, he developed the diagnostic platform, SHERLOCK, which is being leveraged to help monitor infectious diseases, including the recent coronavirus outbreak.
Dr Zhang is a core member of the Broad Institute, an Investigator at the McGovern Institute for Brain Research, the James and Patricia Poitras Professor of Neuroscience at MIT, and a Howard Hughes Medical Investigator. He is also a member of both the National Academy of Sciences and the American Academy of Arts and Sciences.

About the Iconic Voices from MIT lecture series

Sponsored by Far East Organization, this series of lectures features leading faculty such as Nobel laureates or Pritzker Architecture Prize winners from MIT. It is formulated to educate the public, industry professionals and students in different areas of science, architecture, technology and design, and the impact of these elements on our future. This lecture series provides a learning platform through which the audience can interact with the various experts in their respective fields.