Capstone Lecture (Mixer immediately following in the Valencia Room)
Wednesday, March 14th, 2012
5:00 PM Room: Chapin Theater


5:00 PMRedesigning DNA: Fixing God's Mistakes, Steven Benner

Steven A. Benner is a Distinguished Fellow at the Foundation for Applied Molecular Evolution, which he founded following service on the faculty at Harvard University, the ETH Zurich, and the University of Florida. His research spans many fields in the physical sciences, information sciences, and natural history, more specifically in the emerging fields of Synthetic Biology, Paleogenetics, Evolutionary Bioinformatics, and Astrobiology. His laboratory invented several redesigned versions of DNA, evolution-based genome databases, some of the first compelling tools to predict protein folds, and models for the origin of life. His most recent book is entitled "Life, the Universe, and the Scientific Method."