2010 CHORI Research Symposium
Celebrating 50 Years of Research
Katherine S. Pollard
Associate Professor & Investigator
Gladstone Institutes, Institute for Human Genetics & Division of Biostatistics
University of California, San Francisco
Talk Title: “What makes us human?”
Our DNA blueprint is nearly 99% identical to that of a chimpanzee. Yet heart disease, AIDS, Alzheimer’s, and many other diseases are unique to humans or occur at different rates in humans compared to chimpanzees. Somewhere in the 1% difference lurks the story of what makes us human. Dr. Pollard will describe recent advances towards understanding the genetic basis for humanness, including unique aspects of our brain development, speech, manual dexterity, digestion, and immunity.
Dr. Pollard received her Ph.D. from the UC Berkeley Division of Biostatistics in 2003. For the next two years, she was an NIH Postdoctoral Fellow in the Center for Biomolecular Science & Engineering at UC Santa Cruz. Dr. Pollard was an Assistant Professor in the UC Davis Genome Center and Department of Statistics from 2005 to 2008. She moved to UCSF in Fall 2008.