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Panel 3: Roger Lasken

Technology and Genomic Integrity

October 31, 2012
18 minutes
Roger Lasken


Roger Lasken has been a professor at the J. Craig Venter Institute since 2006. He and his group have investigated MDA reaction mechanisms and introduced new single cell genomic applications. His current research is on single cell genomics and gene expression in stem and cancer cells. Other work includes single cell genomic sequencing of uncultured bacteria for the Human Microbiome Project. Dr. Lasken studied DNA replication in graduate work with Myron F. Goodman, University of Southern California, and postdoctoral work with Arthur Kornberg, Stanford University, before joining the faculty at the Cornell University Medical College. He then pursued an interest in biotechnology at Life Technologies, Inc. where he worked on DNA amplification products. As director of genomics at Molecular Staging, Inc. his group introduced whole genome amplification by MDA (sold as the Repli-g kit, Qiagen, and TempliPhi and GenomiPhi kits, GE Healthcare). Dr. Lasken’s group was the first to sequence DNA from a single cell.