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Update: The Genome Atlas (2012)

 

A talk by Dr. Raju Kucherlapati

Dr. Raju KucherlapatiDr. Raju Kucherlapati, Ph.D., is the Paul C. Cabot professor in the Harvard Medical School Department of Genetics. He is also a professor in the Department of Medicine at Brigham and Women's Hospital. Kucherlapati was the first scientific director of the Harvard Medical School-Partners Healthcare Center for Genetics and Genomics. His research focuses on gene mapping, gene modification, and cloning disease genes. During 1989-2001, Kucherlapati was the Lola and Saul Kramer professor of molecular genetics and chairman of the Department of Molecular Genetics at the Albert Einstein College of Medicine in New York. He was previously a professor in the Department of Genetics at the University of Illinois, College of Medicine. He began his research as an assistant professor in the Department of Biochemical Sciences at Princeton University. He has chaired numerous NIH committees and served on the National Advisory Council for Human Genome Research and the NCI Mouse Models for Human Cancer Consortium. He is also a member of the Cancer Genome Atlas project of the National Institutes of Health. He is a member of the Institute of Medicine of the National Academy of Sciences and a fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science. He is a member of Presidential Commission for the Study of Bioethical Issues. Kucherlapati received his B.S. and M.S. in biology from universities in India, and he received his Ph.D. from the University of Illinois at Urbana, as well as conducting postdoctoral work at Yale University.

In April 2012, Kucherlapti spoke to participants of the AACR’s ScientistSurvivor Program. He discusses genome sequencing, and its importance to cancer as well as the Genome Project.