Francisco Juan Martínez Mojica is Associate Professor of Microbiology at the Department of Physiology, Genetics and Microbiology, University of Alicante (Spain).
His remarkable discovery of the adaptive immunity system of prokaryotes (bacteria and archaea) known as CRISPR-Cas, which is one of the greatest recent advances in Biology. His fundamental work on CRISPR for more than two decades, qualifies him as the pioneer of this field. The study of the native CRISPR systems recently led to the development of outstanding gene-editing tools that enabled research in Biology and Medicine.
Dr. Mojica has received many prestigious awards for his work, including the Rey Jaime I Basic Research Prize, the Lilly Foundation Award for Preclinical Biomedical Research, the BBVA Foundation Frontiers of Knowledge Award in the Biomedicine category, the PLuS Alliance Prize for Global Innovation, and the Albany Medical Center Prize in Medicine and Biomedical Research.
During his brief stay in Australia, Dr Mojica will participate in a public talk in Sydney and give 2 public lectures in Canberra. Details as follows:
12th June 2018: Public talk as part of UNSW Grand Challenges http://www.grandchallenges.unsw.edu.au/ Title: ‘The pioneer of CRISPR in conversation with Francisco Mojica’. An event organised in partnership with UNSW, SRAP and PLuS ALLIANCE.
13th June 2018: Public Lecture at The Shine Dome, Canberra. Dr Francisco Mojica, will cover his pioneer work that led to the identification of the CRISPR locus and the revolutionary gene editing technique known as CRISPR.
14th June 2018: Scientific talk at John Curtis, ANU. More details to come