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 2020 Topics and confirmed speakers. Talk titles and speakers will be updated here as they are finalized.

Human Disease Models

  • Mario R. Capecchi, PhD, 2007 Nobel Prize Winner, University of Utah School of Medicine
    Modeling Human Neuropsychiatric Disorders.

  • Liangxue Lai, PhD, Guanghou Institutes of Biomedicine and Health, Chinese Academy of Sciences
    Generation and Application of Genetically Modified Pig Models for Controllable Gene Expression

  • Chris Rogers,PhD, Examplar Genetics

Xenotransplantation/Cell Transplantation

  • Kiho Lee, PhD, Virginia Tech
    Transplantation of Human-derived Cells into Immunodeficient Pigs

  • Lunhan Yang, PhD, co-founder and CSO of eGenesis

  • David Ayares, PhD, Revivicor
    Xenotransplantation Update

Meat quality/ Agricultural Traits

  • Charles Long, PhD, Texas A&M
    Enhancing Growth and Production Characteristics by Genome Editing of Livestock

  • Björn Petersen, PhD, Institute of Farm Animal Genetics, Friedrich-Loeffler-Institut
    Pre-determination of Sex in Pigs by CRISPR/Cas Genome Editing

  • Xiaolong Wang, PhD, Northwest A&F University, Yangling
    Genome-wide Off-target Mutations and Meat Quality in Edited Animals

  • Michael Phelps, PhD, Washington State University
    Engineering Activin Signaling to Increase Muscle Growth in Rainbow Trout

  • Jerry Taylor, PhD, Wurdack Chair of Animal Genomics, University of Missouri
    The Elusive Quantitative Trait Nucleotides

  • Michela Ciccarelli, DVM, Washington State University
    Genetic Engineering of Reproductive Performance in Livestock 

  • Ina Dobrinski, PhD, University of Calgary
    Germline Gene Editing in Pigs

Regulation and Bioethics

  • Heather Lombardi, PhD, Division of Animal Bioengineering and Cellular Therapies, Center for Veterinary Medicine, U.S. Food and Drug Administration
    FDA’s Science- and Risk-based Approach to Animal Biotechnology

  • Paul Thompson, PhD, W.K. Kellogg Chair in Agricultural, Food & Community Ethics, Michigan State University

  • Lynn Frewer, PhD, Professor of Food and Society, Newcastle University
    Public attitudes towards different genomic technologies applied to animals

  • Diane Wray-Cohan, PhD, Foreign Agricultural Service, USDA
    Harmonizing GE Regulatory Environment

Disease-Resistant Traits/Therapeutics

  • Mike McGrew, PhD, Roslin Institute
    Avian Influenza-Resistant Chickens

  • Eddie Sullivan, PhD, SAB Biotherapeutics
    Advancing Development of Tc Bovine and Caprine Therapeutics