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Human genome project leader Lander to speak

Monday, April 19, 2010, 8 p.m. McCosh Hall, Room 50

Eric Lander, one of the principal leaders of the effort to discover the blueprint for the human genome, will speak on "Secrets of the Human Genome" at 8 p.m. Monday, April 19, in McCosh Hall, Room 50.

Lander, a 1978 Princeton graduate, is a geneticist, molecular biologist and mathematician. He directs the Broad Institute of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and Harvard University.

In the 1980s, Lander joined with Professor David Botstein -- who currently directs Princeton's Lewis-Sigler Institute for Integrative Genomics -- and other colleagues to create the first practical plan to make and use a comprehensive genetic map of the human genome. Lander elucidated how to develop maps of complex, multi-gene diseases such as diabetes and heart disease.

In addition to performing large-scale genome sequencing, Lander and his Broad Institute colleagues have been a driving force in biomedical research. Major studies include investigations into human genetic variation and its role in disease and treatment outcome, the molecular basis for human cancers and metabolic diseases, and the genetics and biology of infectious diseases.

Lander has received many honors for his work, including a MacArthur Foundation "genius grant." He currently is a co-chair of President Barack Obama's Council of Advisors on Science and Technology.

Lander's talk is designated as a Louis Clark Vanuxem Lecture sponsored by the University Public Lecture Series.

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