Creating and erasing memories with epigenetics

Professor Wolf Reik, FRS FMedSci, Babraham Institute, University of Cambridge

  • Mon 23rd Jan 2017
  • 19:30
  • Wolfson Lecture Theatre, Churchill College, Storey’s Way, Cambridge CB3 0DS

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Wolf Reik obtained his MD from the University of Hamburg. He did his thesis work with Rudolf Jaenisch, and postdoctoral work with Azim Surani in Cambridge. He became a Fellow of the Lister Institute of Preventive Medicine at Cambridge and subsequently the Head of the Epigenetics Programme at the Babraham Institute in Cambridge and its Associate Director. He is honorary Professor of Epigenetics at the University of Cambridge and Associate Faculty at the Wellcome Trust Sanger Institute, where he is a founding member of the recently established Centre for Single Cell Genomics. He is a Member of EMBO, Fellow of the Academy of Medical Sciences, Fellow of the Royal Society, and a Member of the Academia Europaea.

Wolf will be talking about his recent research in epigenetics, particularly in epigenetic reprogramming during mammalian development and its role in stem cell biology and inheritance. His current work addresses the mechanisms of genome-wide demethylation in the mammalian germ line, links between reprogramming and pluripotency, the potential for transgenerational epigenetic inheritance, and the role of epigenetic mechanisms in experimental reprogramming. His lab also develops new epigenomics technologies especially in single cells.

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Audience comments:

“A very well constructed lecture which I found interesting and on the whole comprehensible although it is not my subject. Pitching any scientific topic to such a diverse group is a very difficult call but Dr Reik certainly managed it with aplomb.”

“Fascinating ..an area I knew nothing about explained well.”

“Lectured well, very informative, spoke clearly towards the audience, added some humour, and even one or two relate-able remarks”

Please note: The lecture will be preceded by a five-minute presentation on “Solving wind turbine bearing failures” by Wilberth Solano, CSAR Awardee

Audience comments:

“Fascinating and interesting exploration of what is clearly a serious problem”

“Superb Lecture, did not attempt overload, thank goodness!”

“A great credit to the scheme, not least his appreciation for the support and its value to his career”