Keynote Speaker

seydoux-geraldineGeraldine Seydoux, Ph.D., is the Huntington Sheldon Professor in Medical Discovery in the Department of Molecular Biology and Genetics at the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine. She received her B.S in Biochemistry from the University of Maine at Orono and obtained her Ph.D. in Molecular Biology in 1991 from Princeton University. She went on to complete her post-doctoral training with Dr. Andrew Fire at the Carnegie Institution of Washington. Dr. Seydoux joined the faculty at the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine in 1995 and was promoted to full professor in 2005.

Dr. Seydoux is best known for finding that global inhibition of mRNA synthesis is an essential first step in the establishment of the C. elegans germline. Currently, her lab is studying a family of intrinsically-disordered proteins that scaffold RNA granules. The Seydoux lab is also developing new methods for genome editing using CRISPR technology.

Dr. Seydoux’s work has garnered several awards, including the MacArthur Fellowship from the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation in 2001. She was elected to the American Academy of Arts and Sciences in 2013 and to the National Academy of Sciences in 2016. She assumed the role of vice dean for Basic Research at the Johns Hopkins School of Medicine in 2017.

Visit the Seydoux Lab Webpage for more information about her exciting research.