Find out how DNA biotech advancements will change modern medicine at next ‘Dixie Forum’

Composite image | Photo of Dr. Kevin Doxzen courtesy of Dixie State University, St. George News

ST. GEORGE — Biotechnological advancements taking place at the Innovative Genomics Institute will be the topic of Dixie State University’s weekly Dixie Forum lecture series this Tuesday.

The institute’s science communication specialist, Dr. Kevin Doxzen, will present on how CRISPR genome editing technology will completely reshape modern medicine.

In his Dixie Forum presentation, “CRISPR: A Revolution in Genome Editing,” Doxzen will discuss how bacteria develop specialized immune systems to protect themselves because they are under constant attack. Scientists nicknamed these immune systems CRISPR – short for “clusters of regularly interspaced short palindromic repeats” – and upon further examination, they discovered CRISPR proteins might have the potential to not only improve the health in bacteria but in humans as well.

The 50-minute lecture will take place at noon in the Dunford Auditorium, located in the Browning Resource Center on the Dixie State campus. Admission is free, and the public is encouraged to attend.

About Dr. Kevin Doxen and “Dixie Forum”

Earning his bachelor’s in biophysics from Johns Hopkins University, Dr. Kevin Doxzen went on to receive his doctorate in biophysics from the University of California, Berkeley, and worked in Dr. Jennifer Doudna’s lab. The Doudna lab is credited for co-discovering the CRISPR genome editing technology and continues to make further advancements in this growing field.

The “Dixie Forum” is a weekly lecture series designed to introduce the St. George and Dixie State University communities to diverse ideas and personalities while widening their worldviews via a 50-minute presentation.

The next installment of Dixie Forum will feature DSU assistant professor of studio art McGarren Flack presenting on digital painting at noon Sept. 18 in the Dunford Auditorium.

For more information about Dixie State University’s Dixie Forum series, go to the DSU Dixie Forum webpage.

Event details

  • What: “Dixie Forum” lecture series featuring speaker Dr. Kevin Doxzen.
  • When: Tuesday, Sept. 11, noon.
  • Where: Dixie State University, Dunford Auditorium.
  • Admission: free.

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