Please join us for our next seminar Wednesday, March 1, at noon in the HudsonAlpha Auditorium featuring Stephen C. Ekker, PhD. Ekker will discuss how to join the Genome Writers Guild.

A consultant in the Department of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology at Mayo Clinic, Ekker also serves as director of the Mayo Clinic Zebrafish Facility, director of the Genome Editing and Cellular Engineering Core for the Center for Cell Signaling, and director of the Model Systems Core for the Mayo Translational PKD Center. He joined the Mayo Clinic staff in 2007 and holds the academic rank of professor of biochemistry and molecular biology, Mayo Clinic College of Medicine.

After earning BS degrees in electrical engineering and genetics and developmental biology from the University of Illinois, Ekker received his PhD in molecular biology and genetics from Johns Hopkins University. He completed postdoctoral studies at Johns Hopkins School of Medicine and Howard Hughes Medical Institute in collaboration with the University of Washington. With more than 30 year experience in genome editing and cellular and model organism engineering, Ekker has a long-standing interest in understanding the molecular nature of our genome with a strong focus on using the zebrafish as the experimental vertebrate.

Eric Mendenhall, PhD, will host Wednesday’s seminar. More information on HudsonAlpha Research Seminars can be found at


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