“Genetics and Health”
When: October 23, 2002
Raju S. Kucherlapati, Ph. D.,
Chairman of the Department of Molecular Genetics at Harvard University
Dr. Raju Kucherlapati was born in India and obtained his undergraduate degree there. He came to the United States for further education and obtained his Ph.D degree in Genetics from the University of Illinois. Dr. Kucherlapati conducted his post-doctoral work in the Department of Biology at Yale University. Following his post-doctoral work Dr. Kucherlapati joined the faculty at Princeton University. Later he moved to the University of Illinois College of Medicine in Chicago where he was Professor of Genetics.
Most recently, Dr. Kucherlapati was the Lola and Saul Kramer Professor of Molecular Genetics and University Chairman of the Department of Molecular Genetics at the Albert Einstein College of Medicine in New York. On September 1, 2001 Dr. Kucherlapati became the Paul C. Cabot Professor of Genetics and Professor of Medicine at the Harvard Medical School. He is the first Scientific Director of the Harvard-Partners Center for Genetics and Genomics. Dr. Kucherlapati’s recent research contributions include his participation in mapping and sequencing of the human genome. He is continuing his efforts in finishing the human genome sequence and is participating in the sequencing of the mouse genome. His research interests also include cloning of human disease genes and the generation and characterization of mouse models for human disease.
Dr. Kucherlapati currently serves as a member of National Advisory Committee for Human Genome Research at the NIH. He serves on many editorial boards and is an Editor-in-Chief of the journal Genomics. Dr. Kucherlapati also serves as a member of the Board of Directors of three public companies Abgenix, Millennium and Valentis.