College of Science

Canine genome project pioneer Elaine Ostrander to speak on campus January 31


CLEMSON — Dr. Elaine Ostrander, a pioneer in the field of comparative genomics known for her leadership on the canine genome project, will speak on campus about how scientists are using unprecedented amounts of genetic data from more than 1,000 dogs of various breeds to better understand the animals’ genetic diversity and behavior.

Elaine Ostrander
Elaine Ostrander will speak January 31 as part of the College of Science Discover Science Lecture series.

Her talk, “How to build a dog in 2,392,715,236 steps,” will take place at 2:30 p.m. on Friday, January 31, 2020, in 078 Freeman Hall Auditorium.  The lecture is free and open to the public.

Ostrander is chief and distinguished investigator of the Cancer Genetics and Comparative Genomics Branch at the National Institutes of Health’s National Human Genome Research Institute.

She initiated the canine genome project in 1993, building maps to navigate the dog genome, mapping disease genes, and working to understand the architecture of the canine genome. Her current work focuses on finding genetic variants controlling morphologic variation and behavior.

A prolific researcher, Ostrander has published more 360 papers and won several awards including the Burroughs Welcome Award for Functional Genomics, Asa Mays Award, and the 2013 Genetics Society of America Medal.

She is a Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science and a member of National Academy of Sciences – one of the highest honors accorded a scientist.

Ostrander’s talk is sponsored by the College of Science’s Discover Science Lecture Series.

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