May 11, 2018 Share

Photos: May 2018 Membership Luncheon

Speaker:  Dr. Shirley M. Tilghman
President of Princeton University, Emeritus
Professor of Molecular Biology & Public Affairs
Princeton University

Topic:  The Impact of Modern Genetics on Public Policy 

Photos from the May Monthly Membership Luncheon: Princeton University’s President Emeritus, Dr. Shirley Tilghman. 

Recent advances in genetics and genomics offer promises of vast improvements in human wellbeing around the globe.  At the same time each new technology raises significant ethical and societal challenges that policy makers must understand and respond to.  In this talk I will explore several examples, from the use of DNA in the criminal justice system to genome editing of embryos to eliminate genetic diseases,  to genetically modified mosquitoes to fight insect-borne diseases like Zika virus.   

Shirley Tilghman was elected Princeton University’s 19th president on May 5, 2001 after serving on the Princeton faculty for 15 years.  Upon the completion of her term in June of 2013, she returned to the faculty. During her scientific career as a mammalian developmental geneticist, she studied the way in which genes are organized in the genome and regulated during early development, and was one of the founding members of the National Advisory Council of the Human Genome Project for the National Institutes of Health.