On June 6th, the “Young Biologists Association” NGO and Medicine Producers and Importers Union of Armenia organized the lecture“Biology of Mobile DNA in Health and Disease” within the program “Science from the First Hand”. The lecture was read by Professor Haig Kazazyan (Johns Hopkins University).
Haig H. Kazazian, Jr., M.D.was born in Toledo, Ohio and is the proud son of Armenian immigrants to the US. He is a graduate of Dartmouth College and Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine. He trained in Pediatrics at the University of Minnesota and Johns Hopkins, and in genetics at Johns Hopkins and at the NIH. He joined the faculty at Johns Hopkins in 1969 and remained there until 1994 rising to Director of the Center for Medical Genetics in 1988. He became Chair of the Department of Genetics at the University of Pennsylvania in 1994 and held that position until 2006 when he stepped down. In 2010, he returned to Johns Hopkins as a Professor in the Institute for Genetic Medicine. He is best known for his early work on characterization of the mutations in thalassemia and his later work on human transposable elements and their role in driving genome evolution. He is a member of the Institute of Medicine of the National Academy of Science and the American Academy of Arts and Sciences. He was the 2008 recipient of the William Allan Award of the American Society of Human Genetics for lifetime achievement in human genetics research.
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