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Science Matters Seminar Series

Our Science Matters seminars highlight exciting research in genetics, genomics, and evolutionary biology with important societal impact. Topics include research on the genetics of ethnically diverse populations, diseases afflicting vulnerable or underserved groups, and efforts to expand the diversity (broadly defined) of research subjects or the scientific workforce.

Our next seminar is …

Genetics, Ancestry and Health in Latin American Populations

Eduardo Tarazona Santos, PhDDate: Wednesday, June 14, 2023

Time: 12 noon – 1:15pm (PDT) via Zoom

Guest speaker:
Eduardo Tarazona Santos, PhD, Professor, 
Department of Genetics, Ecology and Evolution, Federal University of Minas Gerais, Brazil

Topic: Dr. Tarazona Santos will discuss how ancestry of Latin American indigenous and admixed populations influence health and disease.


Need more information or have questions?

You can reach us by phone at 206-726-1200 or email at sciencematters@pnri.org.

Who should join?

The seminars are open to the scientific community and anyone interested in learning more about genetics.

How do I join? 

These are virtual events (via Zoom) and require advance registration. Each seminar has a unique registration link.

What’s the cost?

Registration is free.

Upcoming 2023 Science Matters seminars:

June 14: Eduardo Tarazona Santos, PhD, Federal University of Minas Gerais, Brazil

Past Seminars

May 24, 2023 – Uncovering the Genomic Basis of Extremely Severe Forms of Schizophrenia with Anthony Zoghbi, MD, Assistant Professor, Baylor College of Medicine

April 26, 2023 – Understanding the Regulation of Our Genome with Andrew B. Stergachis, MD, PhD, Assistant Professor, Medical Genetics and Genome Sciences, University of Washington

March 29, 2023 – On the Origin of (Segmental) Aneuploidies with Joris Vermeesch, PhD, Professor, Laboratory of Cytogenetics and Genome Research, Department of Human Genetics, Faculty of Medicine, KU Leuven, Belgium

March 22, 2023 – Enabling and Improving Gene Discovery Across Diverse and Admixed Populations with Elizabeth G. Atkinson, PhD, Assistant Professor, Department of Molecular & Human Genetics, Baylor College of Medicine

February 15, 2023 – Complex Structural Variation in a Complete Human Genome with Evan Eichler, PhD, Professor, Dept. of Genome Sciences, University of Washington, Seattle, WA

January 25, 2023 – mRNA Retrotransposition: A Driving Force Generating Genetic Novelties in the Human and Other Vertebrate Genomes with Pedro A. F. Galante, PhD, Senior Researcher, Hospital Sírio-Libanês, São Paulo, Brazil

Dr. Jessica Chong, genetics researcher

December 7, 2022 – Mendelian Genomics in the Genetics Age with Jessica Chong, PhD, Assistant Professor, Division of Genetic Medicine, Department of Pediatrics, University of Washington, Seattle, WA

November 16, 2022 – Technologies for Visualizing Fully Assembled Genome with Brian Beliveau, PhD, Assistant Professor of Genome Sciences, University of Washington, Seattle, WA

October 12, 2022 – Biology in Balance: Human Diploid Genome Integrity, Gene Dosage & Genomic Medicine with James Lupski, MD, PhD, DSc (hon), the Cullen Endowed Chair in Molecular Genetics, and Professor of Pediatrics/Program in Integrative and Molecular and Biomedical Sciences/Program in Translational Biology & Molecular Medicine, Baylor College of Medicine, Houston, TX

September 21, 2022 – Hidden Genetic Variation in Congenital Vascular Malformations with James T. Bennett, MD, PhD, Associate Professor, University of Washington Department of Pediatrics, Division of Genetic Medicine and Center for Developmental Biology and Regenerative Medicine at Seattle Children’s Research Institute, Seattle, WA

June 1, 2022 – Genomic Medicine for Rare and Common Diseases with Gail Jarvik, MD, PhD, Head and Professor, Division of Medical Genetics, The Arno G. Motulsky Endowed Chair in Medicine, Joint Professor of Medicine and Genome Sciences, University of Washington, Seattle, WA

May 10, 2022 – Genomic Structural Variations and Beyond with Fritz Sedlazeck, PhD, Associate Professor, Baylor College of Medicine, Houston, TX

April 13, 2022 – Combining Genetics and Genomics to Decipher Complex Disease with Gregory W. Carter, PhD, Professor, Bernard & Lusia Milch Chair, The Jackson Laboratory, Bar Harbor, ME

March 9, 2022 – Rare Disease Genomics in Latin American Populations with Claudia Gonzaga-Jauregui, PhD, Principal InvestigatorInternational Laboratory for Human Genome Research, Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México (UNAM), México

March 1, 2022 – Genomic Context and Environmental Stimulation of Copy Number Variation in Budding Yeast with Juan Lucas Argueso, PhD, Associate Professor, Colorado State University, Fort Collins, CO

February 9, 2022 – The Genetic History of the Peopling of the Americas with Fabrício R. Santos, PhDProfessor, Federal University of Minas Gerais, Belo Horizonte, Brazil

November 17, 2021 – New Frontiers in African Genomics with Neil Hanchard, MD, DPhil, FACMG, Investigator at the Center for Precision Health Research and Head of Childhood Complex Disease Genomics Section at the National Human Genome Research Institute, Bethesda, MD

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