Genomic Seminar Series

Duke Precision Genomics Collaboratory Genomic Seminar Series

The Genomic Seminar Series is a forum for leading researchers to present their high-level vision for genetics, genomics and omics broadly, with a goal of appealing to scientists, clinicians and trainees across the Duke School of Medicine.

This seminar series will occur quarterly with some events occurring virtually only and others in-person with streaming options. 

Charmaine Royal and Aravinda Chakravarti

Tuesday, March 19
4:00 - 6:00 PM
143 Jones Building

Charmaine Royal, PhD & Aravinda Chakravarti, PhD

Robert O. Keohane Professor of African & African American Studies

Muriel G. and George W. Singer Professor of Neuroscience and Physiology, Department of Neuroscience and Physiology

Using Race, Ethnicity & Ancestry as Population Descriptors in Genetics and Genomics Research: Recommendations and Implications of the 2023 National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine (NASEM) Report

For decades, genetics and genomics researchers have used race, ethnicity, ancestry, and other population descriptors in research that has opened powerful areas of study of human history and evolution, biology, diseases and heritable traits. But these descriptors are slippery words with hard-to-pin-down meanings. They are also contested words, and the use of “race” as a surrogate for biology or genetics has led to confusion, discrimination and increased race-based health inequities.  

In March 2023, a national committee co-chaired by Duke Professor Charmaine Royal and NYU Professor Aravinda Chakravarti issued a report that emphasized the high stakes of ensuring that genetics research benefits all groups in society and mitigates harm.  

This March 19 symposium at Duke will highlight and stimulate discussion about the recommendations from the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering and Medicine report and will include brief presentations from Drs. Royal and Chakravarti, followed by a panel discussion and reception

Past Speakers

fyodor urnov

Fyodor Urnov, PhD

Professor of Molecular & Cell Biology | University of California, Berkeley
Director of Technology & Translation | Innovative Genomics Institute

"A platform approach to develop and deploy CRISPR-Cas based experimental therapies for inborn errors of immunity in an academic/nonprofit setting"

Jay ShendureJay Shendure, MD, PhD

Professor of Genome Sciences
University of Washington

"Reconstruction & Recording of Mammalian Development"

Charis EnghCharis Eng, MD, PhD, FACP

Sondra J. and Stephen R. Hardis Endowed Chair in Cancer Genomic Medicine, Lerner Research Institute, Cleveland Clinic 
Professor and Vice Chair, Department of Genetics and Genome Sciences; Professor, Department of Molecular Medicine, Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine 

"PTEN hamartoma tumor syndrome: A personalized healthcare journey" 

Diana BianchiDiana Bianchi, MD

Director of the Eunice Kennedy Shriver National Institute of Child Health and Human Development
"Double Vision: Developmental Genomics from a Lab and Institute Perspective"

Eric GreenEric Green

Director, National Human Genome Research Institute
"Creating the Fourth Chapter of Human Genomics"