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Bioengineering Seminar Series

"Light, CRISPR, and DNA Repair " - Taekjip Ha, Ph.D. - Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine

11:00AM - 12:00PM

"Light, CRISPR, and DNA Repair"

Taekjip Ha, Ph.D.
Bloomberg Distinguished Professor of Biophysics and Biophysical Chemistry, Biophysics, Biomedical Engineering
Department of Biophysics and Biophysical Chemistry
Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine
Howard Hughes Medical Institute

In this lecture, I will describe our efforts to bring high temporal and spatial control to CRISPR genome editing technology and to use the control to study DNA repair processes and gene editing dynamics in living cells.

Taekjip Ha is a Bloomberg Distinguished Professor of Biophysics and Biophysical Chemistry, Biophysics, and Biomedical Engineering at Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine. He is also an investigator with the Howard Hughes Medical Institute. He uses sophisticated physical techniques to manipulate and visualize the movements of single molecules to understand basic biological processes involving DNA and other molecules. His study is focused on pushing the limits of single-molecule detection methods to study protein–nucleic acid and protein-protein complexes and the mechanical basis of their interactions and functions – both in vitro and in vivo – that are important for genome maintenance.

Ha received his undergraduate degree in Physics, from Seoul National University, Seoul, Republic of Korea in 1990. He earned his Ph.D. In Physics from the University of Berkeley in 1996. After postdoctoral training at Stanford University, he was a Physics professor at University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign for fifteen years until 2015.

Ha serves as a member of Editorial Boards for Science, Cell, eLife, PRX, Structure, PCCP, Physical Biology and Cancer Convergence. He is a member of the National Academy of Science and an elected fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences.

The Bioengineering Seminar Series is co-hosted by the Institute for Bioengineering and Bioscience and the Wallace H. Coulter Department of Biomedical Engineering at Georgia Tech and Emory University, and they are open to all in the bio-community.