Double Helix meeting in honor of James D. Watson on his 90th birthday
The idea that the first individual human genome sequence should be that of Jim Watson, occurred to Baylor Genome Center director Richard Gibbs and 454 Life Sciences founder Jonathan Rothberg after a 454 advisory board meeting in 2005. At the time, Rothberg compared the company’s sequencing innovations with technology advances that shrank computers to a size small enough for personal use. Subsequently, 454 helped understand the mystery behind the disappearance of the honey bee, uncovered a new virus killing transplant patients, and elucidated the extent of human variation.
On Saturday, April 7 Rothberg, who now heads the startup accelerator 4Catalyzer, is hosting a meeting at Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory’s Grace Auditorium in honor of Jim. The meeting, The Double Helix: Creation, Complexity, Consciousness & the Cosmos will feature leading geneticists, sociologists, astronomers and biotech innovators to highlight DNA’s historic and future impact on solving society’s most challenging problems.
Pre-registration for this meeting is required. Please contact Bridgette Johnson at: firstname.lastname@example.org
The Double Helix: Creation, Complexity, Consciousness & the Cosmos
Host & meeting organizer, Jonathan Rothberg, Ph.D.
Saturday April 7, 2018
Meeting Schedule & Speakers
8-9am—Check-in / Breakfast
9am—Welcome: Jonathan Rothberg
11:25am—Luncheon & Artist* Presentation
Nicholas Christakis, M.D., Ph.D., MPH Co-Director, Yale Institute for Network Science. American sociologist and physician known for research on social networks and on the socioeconomic and biosocial determinants of behavior, health and longevity. http://nicholaschristakis.net
Richard Gibbs, Founder and Director of the Human Genome Sequencing Center established at Baylor College of Medicine in 1996. https://www.bcm.edu/people/view/richard-gibbs-ph-d/b1560782-ffed-11e2-be68-080027880ca6
Ellen Jorgensen, Co-founder & President of Biotech without Borders, a nonprofit organization that promotes citizen science and access to biotechnology. https://www.ted.com/profiles/1269644
Pamela Ronald, Author of Tomorrow’s Table. American plant pathologist and geneticist, UC Davis Distinguished Professor, Dept. of Plant Pathology, College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences Genome Center. https://biology.ucdavis.edu/people/pamela-ronald
Jonathan Rothberg, 4Catalyzer; The Rothberg Institute for Childhood Diseases. Best known for bringing the first next-generation sequencing technology to market, an effort that included inventing the first non-bacterial cloning method and the first massively parallel DNA sequencing method. Jonathan’s most recent invention is the Butterfly iQTM, the world’s first FDA-cleared, whole-body ultrasound scanner, built by putting an ultrasound device on a chip. https://medicine.yale.edu/genetics/people/jonathan_rothberg.profile
Gary Ruvkun, Professor of Genetics, Harvard University. Ruvkun discovered the mechanism by which lin-4, the first microRNA discovered by Victor Ambros, regulates the translation of target messenger RNAs via imperfect base-pairing to those targets, and discovered the second miRNA, let-7, and that it is conserved across animal phylogeny, including in humans. https://ccib.mgh.harvard.edu/ruvkun
Jill Tarter, American Astronomer and former Director of SETI (Search for Extraterrestrial Intelligence) Institute. https://www.seti.org/seti-institute/project/details/jill-tarter-%E2%80%94-beating-odds
Max Tegmark, Author of Life 3.0. Swedish-American cosmologist, MIT professor and scientific director of the Foundational Questions Institute. http://space.mit.edu/home/tegmark/
Antoine van Oijen, Laureate Fellow, University of Wollongong, Australia—Antoine’s lab brings physics, chemistry and biology together to develop novel physical tools to study important biological processes at the single-molecule level. https://scholars.uow.edu.au/display/antoine_van_oijen
Feng Zhang, Professor of Neuroscience, MIT & core member of the Broad Institute of MIT and Harvard—Zhang is best known for his central role in the development of optogenetics and CRISPR technologies. https://www.broadinstitute.org/bios/feng-zhang
Maria T. Zuber, Vice President for Research at MIT. Maria focuses on the structure and tectonics of solid solar system objects. She specializes in using gravity and laser altimetry measurements to determine interior structure and evolution and has been involved in more than half a dozen NASA planetary missions aimed at mapping the Moon, Mars, Mercury, and several asteroids. She was principal investigator for the Gravity Recovery and Interior Laboratory (GRAIL) and as such became the first woman to lead a NASA spacecraft mission. http://orgchart.mit.edu/vice-president-research
*Heather Dewey-Hagborg’s controversial biopolitical art practice includes the project Stranger Visions in which she created portrait sculptures from analyses of genetic material (hair, cigarette butts, chewed up gum) collected in public places. http://deweyhagborg.com/bio