Community Lecture: Reading your DNA: what can it tell us?

The Perse hosts a termly community lecture, in partnership with The Cambridge Building Society.


Our Summer Term lecture will be given by Sir Shankar Balasubramanian, Herchel Smith Professor of Medicinal Chemistry at the University of Cambridge and senior group leader at the Cambridge Institute.


About the speaker
Sir Shankar Balasubramanian is the Herchel Smith Professor of Medicinal Chemistry at the University of Cambridge, where he has been for the past 25 years. He teaches chemistry and carries out research at the University’s Department of Chemistry and also at the Cancer Research UK Cambridge Institute. His research interests are focused on understanding how DNA works, particularly in relation to its chemistry and its molecular structure. About 20 years ago he co-invented a method for decoding the sequence of DNA, which is now routinely used for fast, low-cost sequencing of human genomes for research and for applications in modern medicine. He has also studied unusual four-stranded DNA structures called G-quadruplexes that can form in our DNA and have links with cancer. More recently he has been studying the importance wider, natural DNA alphabet that includes epigenetic DNA bases. He is a founder of the Cambridge-based biotech companies, Solexa (now part of Illumina) and Cambridge Epigenetix Ltd. He is a fellow of the Royal Society and was knighted in the Queen’s New Year’s Honours in 2017 for his services to science and medicine.


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The lecture is free of charge and open to everyone in the community, whether or not they have a connection with The Perse. Due to capacity restrictions, entry will be by ticket only.


If you have any questions about the lecture, or would like to arrange a group booking, please contact Erin Charles at echarles@perse.co.uk or by telephone at 01223 403808.


Accessibility Information
All public areas in the Peter Hall Performing Arts Centre aside from rows AA-L in the stalls are accessible by wheelchair. Designated wheelchair spaces are in row M in the stalls.

A lift provides access to the circle and Gallery Studio. Accessible toilets are located on the ground floor and first floor front of house corridors and accessible parking is available on site.

A hearing loop is installed in the main auditorium.
Forthcoming Dates
Community Lecture: Reading your DNA: what can it tell us? Peter Hall Performing Arts Centre, The Perse School
United Kingdom