Closing the Term with Inspiring Insights: KRED Talks Showcase Leading Researchers and Cutting-Edge Topics

Closing the Term with Inspiring Insights: KRED Talks Showcase Leading Researchers and Cutting-Edge Topics


We closed the term with three outstanding speakers who shared their expertise and insights during our recent KRED Talks. These engaging sessions brought together esteemed researchers from diverse fields, shedding light on fascinating topics and driving impactful discussions.


On May 30th, we had the privilege of hosting Ashutosh Chilkoti, the Alan L. Kaganov Professor of Biomedical Engineering and Chair of the Department of Biomedical Engineering at Duke University. His talk, titled "Biomolecular Condensates from Synthetic Intrinsically Disordered Proteins: Tools for Biotechnology and Synthetic Biology," explored the innovative use of synthetic intrinsically disordered proteins (SynIDPs) as powerful tools in biotechnology. By rationally tuning the phase behavior of SynIDPs, Chilkoti's research offers exciting possibilities for controlling diverse cellular functions.


Next, on June 20th, we welcomed Tom Muir, the Van Zandt Williams Jr. Class of '65 Professor of Chemistry at Princeton University. Muir's talk, titled "Illuminating chromatin: chemical biology tools light the way," delved into the fascinating realm of epigenetics. Through the development of opto-chemical genetic approaches, Muir and his team strive to unravel the intricacies of chromatin and its role in driving different cellular phenotypes. Their research contributes to a deeper understanding of epigenetic control mechanisms and their implications in various disease settings.


Tom Muir giving the KRED Talk


Lastly, on June 22nd, we had the honor of hosting Krzysztof Palczewski, a distinguished professor and the leader of the Center for Translational Vision Research at the University of California, Irvine. Palczewski's talk, titled "Precise Genome Editing in the Eye," explored the exciting potential of gene augmentation and CRISPR/Cas9 genome editing techniques in treating inherited genetic disorders of vision. Through advancements in therapeutic strategies like gene disruption and precision gene correction techniques, Palczewski and his team aim to provide long-lasting treatment effects and establish genome editing as a preferred treatment for genetic retinal disorders.


Krzysztof Palczewski during the KRED Talk


These KRED (Kavli Research & Enterprise Discussions) Talks exemplify our commitment to fostering interdisciplinary knowledge exchange and promoting cutting-edge research. We extend our gratitude to Ashutosh Chilkoti, Tom Muir, and Krzysztof Palczewski for sharing their valuable insights and inspiring our community.