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The UC Santa Cruz Kraw Lecture Series presents: New Variant Discovery in the Era of Complete Genomes


The UC Santa Cruz Kraw Lecture Series presents: New Variant Discovery in the Era of Complete Genomes

Dec 07, 2022

5:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m.

3175 Bowers Avenue, Santa Clara CA

/Event Type: hybrid

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Genomic scientist Karen Miga, assistant professor of biomolecular engineering at UC Santa Cruz, was named one of the 100 most influential people of 2022 by TIME Magazine for her work co-leading an international team of scientists known as the Telomere-to-Telomere (T2T) Consortium to complete the first gapless sequence of a human genome.

Please join us for this fascinating and important lecture about the need to create a more sophisticated and complete human reference genome that better represents global genomic diversity.

Reception: 5:00–5:45 p.m.
Lecture: 5:45–7:00 p.m.

Karen Miga is an Associate Director for Human Pangenomics at the UCSC Genomics Institute, and an Assistant Professor in the Biomolecular Engineering Department in the Baskin School of Engineering at the University of California, Santa Cruz. She co-founded the Telomere-to-Telomere (T2T) Consortium, an open, community-based effort to generate the first complete assembly of a human genome. For this, she was named one of this year’s most influential people byTIME magazine and was named "One to Watch" in the 2020 Nature's 10. Dr. Miga directs the Human Pangenome Project, with the goal to broaden the human reference to represent hundreds of diverse genomes from around the world and serve as the foundation for more inclusive and equitable health care in the future. Dr. Miga is a recognized leader in genomics and chromosome biology, and her pioneering work in T2T and the Pangenome Project aims to write the final chapter of the Human Genome Project.