Community Lecture – DNA sequencing technology
Date: 8 May 2019, 19.30 - 21.00
Location: The Perse Upper School, Hills Road, CB2 8QF
The Perse hosts a termly community lecture, in partnership with The Cambridge Building Society.
Our Summer Term lecture will be given by Sir Shankar Balasubramanian, Herchel Smith Professor of Medicinal Chemistry at the University of Cambridge and senior group leader at the Cambridge Institute.
About the speaker
Sir Shankar Balasubramanian is the Herchel Smith Professor of Medicinal Chemistry at the University of Cambridge and senior group leader at the Cambridge Institute. He works on the chemistry, structure and function of nucleic acids. He is a co-inventor of the leading next generation DNA sequencing methodology, Solexa sequencing (now Illumina) that has made routine, accurate, low-cost sequencing of human genomes a reality and has revolutionised biology. He has worked on the identification, elucidation and manipulation of non-coding genetic elements, particularly four-stranded structures called G-quadruplexes. His work on the intervention of nucleic acid function using small molecules has revealed a number of molecular mechanisms that can be exploited, e.g. to modulate the biology of cancer. His more recent contributions include the development of methods for sequencing the epigenetic DNA bases 5-methylcytosine, 5-hydroxymethylcytosine and 5-formylcytosine at single base resolution, as part of a broader investigation of the importance of wider, natural DNA alphabet. His collective contributions span fundamental chemistry and its application to the biological and medical sciences. Sir Shankar was knighted in the Queen’s New Year’s Honours in 2017 for his services to science and medicine.
The lecture is free of charge and open to everyone in the community, whether or not they have a connection with The Perse. Due to capacity restrictions, entry will be by ticket only.
Tickets for this lecture will go on general release at 10am on Monday 1 April 2019.
Advance booking for Cambridge Building Society members will be available from 10am on Saturday 30 March.
If you have any questions about the lecture please contact Erin Charles at firstname.lastname@example.org or by telephone at 01223 403808.
You can read about past community lectures here.