Genomics: The Information Age of Biology
• Presenter: Chris organ
• Date: Monday, oct. 13
• time: 3 p.m. to 5 p.m.
• location: Aspen Pointe
Dr. organ’s research focuses on large-scale evolutionary questions, which have traditionally been the purview of paleontology. The rise of genomics, computational biology, and phylogenetic theory now render macro-evolutionary questions tractable for other disciplines, such as genomics.
His research seizes this opportunity to confront fundamental questions about how the genome evolves over hundreds of millions of years.


Dr. Chris Organ received his Ph.D. in 2004 from the Department of Cell Biology and Neuroscience at MSU under the mentorship of Jack Horner, Regents’ Professor and Curator of Paleontology at the Museum of the Rockies.  In 2005 he was awarded a Ruth L. Kirschstein Fellowship for work on evolutionary genomics at Harvard University with Scott V. Edwards. In 2010 he joined the Department of Genetics and Genomics at Biogen Idec in Cambridge, Massachusetts and then returned to Bozeman in 2013 to take a visiting professorship at MSU.

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Kathryn Earley 2When my husband and I were looking for our place to retire, one of the places we visited was Bozeman.  While we were here we went to the library, where I happened to pick up a Wonderlust brochure.  Here was university-quality instruction by experts in a huge number of subjects.  No homework, no exams, no papers, just a chance to learn new things or review things we’d already studied.  It was also an opportunity to meet people with a wide variety of interests.  I was hooked! Over the past several years, I’ve come to feel strongly about supporting this valuable community resource for lifelong learning, and fortunately there’s a community of dedicated volunteers who feel the same way.

This past year was our first as Friends of MSU Wonderlust, whose mission is to support and promote MSU Wonderlust.  We’ve contributed funds to getting a new projector at Hope Lutheran Church, where many of our classes are held, and to Gallatin Community Radio, which broadcasts many of our Friday Forums.  We’re also sponsors of and taking part in Active Aging Week and the Prime Age 50+ Expo.

In January Friends will sponsor the MSU Wonderlust reception.  Join us at the Country Bookshelf on January 9, 5 pm – 7 pm, where you can meet instructors and other people interested in learning.  

Kathryn Earley, President of Friends of Wonderlust