Science on Tap
Monthly Science and Technology Presentations and Discussions
Join the Colorado Springs Science Center for Science on Tap every 2nd Monday of the month at Jack Quinn’s in downtown Colorado Springs. A wide variety of fascinating topics are presented by local scientists for informal discussion, and the relaxed atmosphere encourages anyone and everyone to come explore the latest ideas in science and technology. From practical to theoretical, the presentations and group interactions provide a fun and interesting way to gain an understanding of the world around us.
Monday August 10, 2015 - Genome-Editing of Embryonic Stem Cells
Tom Wolkow, PhD
Professor of Biology, UCCS
CRISPR/Cas is a natural system that bacteria and archaea use to defend themselves against invading, foreign DNAs. Professor Wolkow will talk, from personal research experience, about how scientists are now learning to leverage the CRISPER/Cas system to alter the DNA sequence of stem cells, including embryonic stem cells, in search of patient-specific stem cell therapies. Not only will we examine more closely what this leading-edge research is actually about, but we will also explore the ethical, safety and America’s stem cell policy implications of it all.
Tom Wolkow is an Associate Professor of Biology at UCCS. His Bachelor’s degree is from Lafayette College (Easton, PA), where he worked in Dr. Shyamal Majumdar’s lab using electron microscopy to catalog fungal diversity in local rivers and streams. His PhD is from Purdue University (West Lafayette, IN), where he worked in Dr. John Hamer’s lab studying molecular mechanisms of cellular development. As an NIH Post-Doctoral Fellow, he studied genomic stability pathways at Harvard Medical School in Tamar Enoch’s lab. At UCCS, he continues to study genomic stability pathways while working to transform K-12 and undergraduate STEM classrooms in light of the AAAS Vision and Change report.
Science on Tap is a free event and reservations are not required; however, you’ll need to pay for any drinks and food. Jack Quinn’s is located downtown at 21 S. Tejon Street, Colorado Springs, CO, 80903.
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