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Siliconrepublic Interview: Dr Stephen O’Brien

Publication Date: 19 September, 2013


'Dr Stephen O’Brien pioneers genome ‘bible’ for scientists to cure diseases' 

Interview by Siliconrepublic journalist Carmel Doyle

Dr. Stephen O'Brien is a world leading molecular biologist and dedicated conservationist who uses the tools of molecular biology to help protect endangered species and understand devastating diseases such as cancer and AIDS. He received his PhD in Genetics from Cornell University, USA, in 1971. He then joined the prestigious National Cancer Institute, National Institutes of Health as a post-doc in 1971 and, there, served as Founder and Chief of the Laboratory of Genomic Diversity from 1986-2011.

Dr O'Brien gave a lecture entitled 'A Moving Landscape of Wildlife Natural Histories – Uncommon Glimpses for survival, adaptive resilience and biomedical discovery' at the RIA, on the 18 September, as part of the Institute's public lecture series.