Talk Overview: David Haussler explores the question, “What information is hidden inside your genome?” By comparing the sequenced genomes of different organisms, researchers can identify changes in the genetic code that led to specific evolutionary innovations in the past. The implications for medicine and biology are profound. However, as Haussler mentions, more computational talent is required to analyze such a large number of genomes, especially as more genomes continue to be sequenced at such a rapid pace.
Speaker Biography: David Haussler is Scientific Director of the University of California Santa Cruz (UCSC) Genomics Institute and Howard Hughes Medical Institute (HHMI) Investigator. Haussler uses mathematics, computer science, and biology to study the genomes of organisms with the goal of understanding disease and evolution. As part of the Human Genome Project, he led the team that published the first publicly available draft of the human genome sequence. He now heads several large-scale projects, including the Genome 10K Project, the UCSC Cancer Genomics Hub (CGHub), and the Global Alliance for Genomics and Health.