WN@tL this week: Dustin Rubinstein will discuss the “CRISPR revolution”

The development of CRISP/Cas9 genome-editing technology is sure to change the way we think about—and solve—problems in the world of biomedicine, agriculture and engineering, and, of course, biological research. This week’s Wednesday Night @ the Lab talk will discuss the tools that were available before the CRISPR revolution, how CRISPR is used today and how we hope CRISPR will shape the world to come.

Dustin Rubinstein, director of the Translational Genomics Facility at the UW–Madison Biotechnology Center, will present on Wednesday, Aug. 23 from 7 – 8:15 p.m. at the UW Biotechnology Center.

Rubenstein received his PhD from Cornell University in 2008. He has extensive experience in genetics applied towards a diverse array of research topics, including neuroscience, behavior, reproduction, and bioinformatics. He has always sought to generate tools to best address important research questions. Rubenstein was a member of the team led by UW professors Melissa Harrison, Kate O’Connor-Giles, and Jill Wildonger that was the first to publish the use of CRISPR/Cas9 in Drosophila. In this team, he helped generate a dozen genome-edited flies and built a website to assist CRISPR/Cas9 project design. Dustin is now the director of the Genome Editing & Animal Models core (previously the Translational Genomics Facility), bringing CRISPR technology to laboratories across campus and beyond.

WN@tL is free and open to the public. It can also be viewed via live webcam at Afterwards, the archived lecture will be available at

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