Renowned Genomic Researcher J. Craig Venter to Speak at NSU

The Farquhar College of Arts and Sciences will welcome pioneering scientific researcher J. Craig Venter, Ph.D., to campus as part of the Distinguished Speakers Series.

“Life at the Speed of Light”
J. Craig Venter, Ph.D. | Distinguished Speakers Series
Wednesday, November 13, 2013
7:00 p.m.
Miniaci Performing Arts Center

Most well-known for his visionary contributions in sequencing the first draft human genome, first complete diploid genome, and construction of first synthetic bacterial cell, Venter has positively impacted human health and the treatment of disease. His work enables a better understanding of the environment and has the potential for creating new biological sources of food, fuel, vaccines, and clean water.

In 1984, Venter developed Expressed Sequence Tags, a revolutionary strategy for rapid gene discovery. In 1995, he and his team at The Institute for Genomic Research decoded the genome of the first free-living organism, the bacterium Haemophilus influenzae, using his new whole genome shotgun technique. Three years later, Venter founded Celera Genomics to sequence the human genome using new tools and techniques he and his team developed. This research culminated with the February 2001 publication of the human genome in the journal Science.

Venter is founder, chairman, and CEO of the J. Craig Venter Institute, a not-for-profit, research organization with approximately 300 scientists and staff dedicated to human, microbial, plant, synthetic and environmental genomic research, and the exploration of social and ethical issues in genomics. He is also co-founder and CEO of Synthetic Genomics, Inc., a privately-held company developing and commercializing products and tools using advances in synthetic biology.

Ticket Information
This Distinguished Speakers Series event is free to attend, but tickets are required.

Monday, October 28: Tickets become available for Farquhar College of Arts and Sciences students, faculty, and staff

Monday, November 4: Tickets become available for NSU students, faculty, and staff

Monday, November 11: Tickets become available to the general public

Pick up tickets in the college’s Office of the Dean, located in the Mailman-Hollywood Building, second floor. Limit two (2) tickets per person. An NSU ID is required to obtain tickets for NSU students, faculty, and staff members. For more information, call (954) 262-8236.