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Inaugural Lecture:Prof Stephen Bevan

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Registration from 6.00pm, Lecture begins a 6.30 pm.

Unravelling the mysteries of the human genome: are we nearly there yet?

DNA – the molecule of life. That such a simple structure, containing just 4 repeating motifs, should underpin all life on earth is quite remarkable. Understanding such a sequence would surely allow comprehension of life itself, if we could but read it.

The sequencing of the first human genome was an international effort begun in 1990 and taking 13 years to complete at a cost of approximately $3 billion USD. Currently it is possible to sequence a human genome in 24 hours at a cost of $1,000 USD. Lauded as a technological innovation that would transform healthcare and medicine for future generations, the early promise has yet to mature as originally envisaged. We have enhanced our understanding of disease significantly however, as well as our knowledge of numerous physical traits and characteristics.

This lecture will explore the development of our understanding of the human genome, the basis of genetic disease and the future potential of genomic medicine. Such techniques are not without ethical concerns however, with developments such as genome editing and three-parent babies making the mainstream news. Reading the human genome turns out to be relatively easy; understanding and controlling it may be a whole lot more problematic, both for scientists and society.

Professor Bevan graduated from the University of Portsmouth with first class honours in 1994 and subsequently obtained his PhD from the University of London in 1998, specialising in genetics. A 5 year position as a post-doc and senior post-doc in cancer genetics at the Institute of Cancer Research (1997-2003) led to tenure at St George’s, University of London (2003-2013). Steve progressed from Lecturer to Senior Lecturer and then to Reader in Cerebrovascular Genetics at St George’s. During this time he developed interests in research, education, management and career development; held the role of Associate Dean for Career Development of Contract Research Staff; and developed a Postgraduate Certificate in Research Skills for research staff, acting as Course Director of the PGCRS. This was followed by a move to Cambridge as a Principal Research Associate (2013-2015) and the most recent move to the University of Lincoln as Deputy Head and then Head of the School of Life Science (2015 - present). Steve was made a Professor of Human Genetics in 2018. Currently combining research, teaching and management, Steve has held a number of roles at Lincoln including Director of Teaching and Learning for the School of Life Sciences, Acting Director of Undergraduate Medicine for the new Lincoln Medical School, sitting on Academic Board and being a member of the College of Science Management Team.

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