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Tuesday, November 7, 2017

Dr. Bruce J. Nelson '74 Distinguished Speaker Series:
Citizen Science- Kevin Esvelt '04, MIT Media Lab

7:00 - 8:30 PM
Shanahan Center
Harvey Mudd College
320 East Foothill Boulevard
Claremont, 91711
(909) 607-0943

A 2004 graduate of Harvey Mudd College (chemistry and biology), Kevin Esvelt received his Ph.D. in biochemistry from Harvard University in 2010. Esvelt is director of the Sculpting Evolution group at the MIT Media Lab, which invents new ways to study and influence the evolution of ecosystems. Prior to joining the MIT Media Lab, Esvelt wove many different areas of science into novel approaches to ecological engineering. He invented phage-assisted continuous evolution (PACE), a synthetic microbial ecosystem for rapidly evolving biomolecules, in the laboratory of David R. Liu at Harvard University. At the Wyss Institute, he worked with George Church to develop the CRISPR system for genome engineering and regulation, and he began exploring the use of bacteriophages and conjugation to engineer microbial ecosystems. Esvelt is credited as the first to describe how CRISPR gene drives could be used to alter the traits of wild populations in an evolutionary stable manner.

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