Joseph DeRisi: Genome Sequencing for Pathogen Discovery

Length: 26:25 minRecorded: 2014Download: High ResLow Res
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Overview

For decades, a strange neurological disease has plagued snakes around the world. The snakes tie themselves into knots, exhibit strange behaviors, and eventually die. In this talk, Dr. Joseph DeRisi describes how his lab uncovered the mysterious agent responsible for this disease, which turned out to be an ancient arenavirus.

About the Speaker

Joseph DeRisi, PhD., is a professor at the University of California, San Francisco, chair of the department of Biochemistry and Biophysics and a Howard Hughes Medical Institute Investigator. Dr. DeRisi was one of the early pioneers of DNA microarray technology and whole genome expression profiling and is nationally recognized for his efforts to make this technology accessible and freely available. His lab has identified putative disease-causing viruses in a wide variety of animals, including humans. Dr. DeRisi was named a MacArthur fellow in 2004, and was awarded the Heinz Award in 2008 and the John J. Carty Award from the National Academy of Sciences in 2014.

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