Tues., Oct. 17, noon, WVU Eye Institute Auditorium

Dr. Kira S. Makarova is a staff scientist at the National Center for Biotechnology Information, National Institutes of Health, in Bethesda, Maryland, will speak on “The role of computational biology in discovery and follow up studies of CRISPR-Cas systems” on Tuesday, October 17, at noon in the WVU Eye Institute Auditorium, Pangilinan Family Lecture Hall. All faculty, staff and students are invited to attend.

Dr. Makarova works in the Computational Biology Branch in Dr. Eugene Koonin’s group focusing her research in many areas of comparative genomics and analysis of structure, function and evolution of protein families. She is a leading expert in computational analysis of microbial defense systems and specifically in classification and protein sequence analysis of CRISPR-Cas systems that have been recently become a dominant biotechnological tool for genome editing.

She was first to discover the CRISPR-Cas adaptive immunity system in archaea and bacteria, and remains one of the leading scientist in the field. Her talk will provide a unique insight into the role of computational biology in discovery and follow up studies of CRISPR-Cas systems.