MFPL: Microbiologist Emmanuelle Charpentier to hold lecture in Vienna

On Monday, September 5th at 5pm, Emmanuelle Charpentier will deliver a lecture upon invitation by the Max F. Perutz Laboratories of the University of Vienna and Medical University of Vienna. Professor Charpentier will speak about one of the most revolutionary tools in the field of genome editing: The CRISPR/Cas9 system, in which discovery the French researcher has played an essential role. This new tool enables to undertake very precise modifications in DNA. Charpentier holds the keynote lecture as part of the opening of the Vienna Doctoral School “Molecules of Life”.

The CRISPR/Cas9 technique has revolutionized life sciences worldwide within a very short period time, opening up completely new possibilities which had been out of reach until recently. The technique allows DNA modifications with surgery-like precision, and could therefore potentially also be used for gene therapies. The possibilities, repercussions and future outlook of this new technique will be elucidated during the keynote lecture.
Emmanuelle Charpentier heads the Max-Planck Institute for Infection Biology in Berlin since 2015. Between 2002 and 2009, Charpentier led her research group at the Max F. Perutz Laboratories of the University of Vienna and Medical University of Vienna, after obtaining her Associate Professorship in 2006.

Vienna Doctoral School “Molecules of Life”
The Vienna Doctoral School “Molecules of Life”, a joint project of the University of Vienna and the Medical University of Vienna, accompanies the next generation of Molecular Biologists on their path to becoming tomorrow’s top researchers.
Led by Manuela Baccarini, the VDS “Molecules of Life” is a platform for ambitious PhD students, who strive towards a career in the Molecular Life Sciences. It aims to allow fundamental insights into life on a molecular level.
The VDS will be inaugurated by Heinz Faßmann, Vicerector of Research and International Affairs at the University of Vienna, and Markus Müller, Rector at the Medical University of Vienna.
he University of Vienna has established a total of seven Vienna Doctoral Schools/Vienna Doctoral Academies. Find more information at
Kickoff-Lecture: Vienna Doctoral School "Molecules of Life"

Time: Monday, 5th September, 4:30pm
Location: IMBA Lecture Hall, Dr. Bohr-Gasse 7, 1030 Vienna

Registration for the event is free of charge, but participants are required to register with Gerlinde Aschauer.

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