David Haussler

Reconstructing 100 Million Years of Human Evolutionary History

We are honored and delighted to have Dr. David Haussler as our Fall 2006 Synergy Lecturer. Dr. Haussler is a Professor of Biomolecular Engineering at UC Santa Cruz, a Howard Hughes Medical Institute Investigator, and the Director of the UCSC Center for Biomolecular Science & Engineering.

Dr. Haussler is best known to the public for his work with Jim Kent, in which he provided the computational solution that allowed the International Human Genome Project to complete the first working draft of the human genome, which they published on the Web for public access in 2000. Most recently Dr. Haussler made headlines worldwide for discovering a rapidly evolving “brain gene” that may account for why the human brain is three times larger than the chimpanzee brain.

Currently, Dr. Haussler participates in broad international efforts in genomic research aimed at discovering and characterizing all regions of the human genome that are crucial to biological function.

In this lecture he will discuss his current work on reconstructing the genome of the common ancestor of all placental mammals. From this genome reconstruction, scientists hope to be able to document most of the genomic changes that occurred in the evolution of the human lineage from the placental ancestor over the last 100 million years. Understanding these changes promises insights into human health and disease. Dr. Haussler’s talk will highlight some of his recent findings.

Please join us for this exciting look into cutting-edge research at UC Santa Cruz.


David Haussler
Professor, Biomolecular Engineering

Reconstructing 100 Million Years of Human Evolutionary History

Place: Science & Engineering Library, Current Periodicals Room
Date: Tuesday, October 17, 2006
Time: 4:00 p.m.

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