WELCOME TO PENN'S Fourth ANNUAL
UNDERGRADUATE HEALTHCARE CONFERENCE
OUR KEYNOTE SPEAKER
Dr. Jonathan Rothberg
Dr. Jonathan Rothberg is the Recipient of the National Medal of Technology and Innovation for inventing high-speed, “Next-Gen” DNA sequencing, the nation’s highest honor for technological achievement, bestowed by the president of the United States. He founded 454 Life Sciences, bringing to market the greatest improvement in sequencing genomes since Sanger and Gilbert won the Nobel Prize in 1980. Dr. Rothberg sequenced the first individual human genome (James Watson’s Genome, Nature), and with Svante Paabo initiated the Neanderthal Genome Project. Under his leadership, 454 undertook the first deep sequencing of a cancer, helped understand the mystery behind the disappearance of the honey bee, uncovered a new virus killing transplant patients, and elucidated the extent of human variation—work recognized by Science magazine as the breakthrough of the year for 2007. The New England Journal described Dr. Rothberg’s innovation as "The New Age of Molecular Diagnostics", Science magazine called it one of the top 10 breakthroughs for 2008. Dr. Rothberg went on to invent semiconductor chip-based sequencing, and sequenced Gordon Moore (Moore’s law, Nature), ushering in the age of the $1,000 Genome. In addition to founding 454 Life Sciences and Ion Torrent, Dr. Rothberg Founded CuraGen Corporation, Clarifi, RainDance Technologies, 4Catalyzer, Butterfly Network, Lam Therapeutics, Hyperfine Research, and Quantum-Si.