Talks at the Square: Meet MIT professor and CRISPR pioneer Dr. Feng Zhang

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On March 5, 2019, the acclaimed MIT professor Dr. Feng Zhang visits BioInnovation Institute for an exclusive first event of BII’s ‘Talks on the Square’ event series. At the event Dr. Zhang will present his work of harnessing microbial diversity for gene editing and discuss the future potentials of the technology. Dr. Zhang is one of the pioneers in the development of CRISPR-Cas9 genome editing and a leader in the field of optogenetics, a biological technique using light to control cells in living tissue, typically neurons, which was named the 2010 ‘method of the year’ by Nature. With a BA from Harvard and a Ph.D. degree from Stanford, Dr. Zhang currently holds the James and Patricia Poitras Professorship in Neuroscience at the McGovern Institute for Brain Research and in the departments of Brain and Cognitive Sciences and Biological Engineering at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT).
He is also a core institute member of the Broad Institute of MIT and Harvard. Program of the day: 9.30-10.00 Doors open10.00-10.30 Dr. Feng Zhang: Harnessing Microbial Diversity for Gene Editing and Beyond10.30-10.45 Fireside chat: Dr. Feng Zhang & Jens Nielsen, CEO of BioInnovation Institute10.45-11.00 Q&A session11.00-11.30 Informal networking and closing reception. Please note, that the event has free admittance with 70 tickets available. Please sign up quickly to secure your seat. About Dr. Feng Zhang Dr. Zhang is a molecular biologist focused on developing tools to improve human health. He played an integral role in the creation of two revolutionary technologies, optogenetics and CRISPR-Cas9 genome editing. Current research in the Zhang laboratory is centered on the discovery of novel biological systems and processes that can be developed into the next generation of molecular tools and therapies to study and treat human disease.
Dr. Zhang is a core member of the Broad Institute, an Investigator at the McGovern Institute for Brain Research, the James and Patricia Poitras Professor of Neuroscience at MIT, and a Howard Hughes Medical Investigator. He is also a member of the U.S. National Academy of Sciences. Read more on Wikipedia , Zang labs & on the Broad Institute website. About the Talks on the Square event series at BioInnovation InstituteThe ‘Talks at the Square’ is an event series by BioInnovation Institute (BII) with a key focus on spreading ideas and knowledge in life science entrepreneurship to inspire researchers to bring science out of the lab and into the economy. The events feature high-level international speakers with topics that emphasize innovations and inspirational topics within biotech, medtech and pharma.
The Talks at the Square events are hosted by BioInnovation Institute at the Square event space of the new BII facilities in Copenhagen Bio Science Park (COBIS) in Copenhagen. Read more about upcoming and past events here 

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