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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