September 7, 2015
By Jan Ambrosini, QB3
For the third year in a row, leading experts in genome engineering gathered at UC Berkeley to highlight their discoveries and technologies at the Re-writing Genomes symposium. The August 24 event attracted more than 400 people for scientific talks, poster sessions, and socializing.
Berkeley faculty members and QB3 faculty affiliates Dirk Hockemeyer and Jennifer Doudna organized the meeting to highlight new research in the growing area of genome engineering, which offers precise genetic manipulation and novel approaches for tackling human disease.
“Our goal is to highlight powerful recent discoveries and the varied applications that are emerging,” said Hockemeyer. He noted that this year’s format featured more speakers presenting shorter talks, and a mix of renowned scientists and those who are earlier in their careers. “We wanted to showcase the varied work going on at multiple institutions, and we designed the event to encourage researchers to share novel ideas and new data, in hopes we can create an open dialogue and lively exchange of ideas.”
Held in UC Berkeley’s Li Ka Shing Center for Biomedical and Health Sciences and hosted by QB3-Berkeley and the Innovative Genomics Initiative (IGI), the symposium sold out in the first 2 hours and drew more than 300 people for the main auditorium as well another hundred in overflow rooms. Academic and industry researchers from the San Francisco Bay Area and as far away as the University of Texas presented posters. Agilent Technologies and Thermo Fisher sponsored the event.
Photos © Peg Skorpinski