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Evolution of Development: from Genes to the Human Form – Greg Dressler (Grand Rapids)

Date:
July 13, 2011
Time:
7:00 pm - 8:30 pm

The Sweet House
254 E. Fulton
Grand Rapids, MI 49503 United States

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Organized by:
Jennifer Beahan
Phone: (616) 706-2029
Email: jbeahan@centerforinquiry.net

Description:

Join us for a lecture by Greg Dressler on The Evolution of Development: from Genes to the Human Form.

Dr. Dressler will give a brief history of developmental biology, how science has approached the daunting task of understanding the formation of a complex animal, and how the genetic revolution impacted our understanding of how we are made and where we came from. The influence of development on evolutionary theory, the ethics of stem cells, and modern medicine will be discussed.

Meetings are open to the Public. A moderated discussion will follow the lecture.

After the meeting, join us at Vitale’s Restaurant, 834 Leonard NE, Grand Rapids, MI to socialize. View Map

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About Greg Dressler, PhD

Professor of Pathology Research, University of Michigan

Dr. Greg Dressler is the Collegiate Professor of Pathology Research at the University of Michigan. He received his PhD in Molecular Genetics from the University of Pennsylvania in Philadelphia and was a post-doctoral fellow with Peter Gruss at the Max Planck Institute for Biophysical Chemistryin Goettingen, Germany where he helped discover many mammalian developmental control genes. Before joining the faculty at University of Michigan, he was a Senior Staff Fellow at the National Institute of Child Health and Human Development in Bethesda, MD. He has studied genetics and embryonic development for more than 30 years. Research in Dr. Dressler’s laboratory is focused on the molecular genetic basis of embryonic development. According to Dressler, “Since my post-doctoral fellowship I have been focused, though some might say obsessed, with the embryonic development of the kidney. This is in part because I identified an essential control gene that specifies the region of mesoderm destined to become the kidney. However, I view the kidney as a model system to understand more general principles of embryonic patterning, differentiation, and cell lineage specification.” Dr. Dressler’s work has been published in numerous medical journals including the Journal for the American Society of Nephrology, Human Molecular Genetics and Science.