Conference Summary

Since its inception in 2008, this FASEB Science Research Conference (SRC) has brought together a research community that primarily focuses on the role of non-canonical DNA structures in basic biological processes as well as in health and disease.

The field brings together researchers focused on the biochemistry and genetics of major genome transactions, nucleic acid chemistry, genomic architecture, and genomic instability in health and disease. The field is also of interest to the pharmaceutical and gene editing industries because of the well-recognized roles of dynamic DNA structures in promoting human disease.

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Funding for this conference was made possible in part by 1R13ES031826-01 from the National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences. The views expressed in written conference materials or publications and by speakers and moderators do not necessarily reflect the official policies of the Department of Health and Human Services; nor does mention by trade names, commercial practices, or organizations imply endorsement by the U.S. Government.


Lorraine Symington, PhD
Harold S. Ginsberg Professor, Department of Microbiology & Immunology, Columbia University Irving Medical Center, New York, NY, USA

Karen Usdin, PhD
Chief, Gene Structure and Disease Section, Deputy Chief, Laboratory of Cell and Molecular Biology, National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases, National Institutes of Health, Bethesda, MD, USA

Kirill Lobachev, PhD
Associate Professor of Biology, Georgia Institute of Technology, Atlanta, USA

Keynote Lecture

Virginia Zakian, PhD
Princeton University

Tom Petes, PhD
Duke University

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