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Five Points Lecture: Bobby Sebra, PhD

4:00 PM — 6:00 PM

“Understanding Complex Genetics of Human & Infectious Disease Leveraging Recent Advances in NGS and Molecular Technology”

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Associate Professor
Director of Technology Development
Icahn Institute and Department of Genetics and Genomic Sciences
Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai


VP of Technology Development
Sema4, A Mount Sinai Venture


“Understanding Complex Genetics of Human & Infectious Disease Leveraging Recent Advances in Next-Generation Sequencing and Molecular Technology”


Whether surveying the human genome for complex structural variation or investigating various microbes related to infectious disease, advances in next-generation sequencing technology are rapidly enabling more robust references that include previously unachievable domains.  Dr. Sebra will discuss knowledge gained by comprehensive hybrid analysis of a human genome reference (NA12878) that integrates single molecule continuous long reads with genome maps alongside shorter reads for phasing variants.  This powerful combination of technologies facilitates a significantly improved assembly; resolving structure including gaps not addressed in previous human references using standard high throughput whole genome sequencing (WGS) data or either individual single-molecule platforms.  To read more about his findings, click this link.


Bobby Sebra, PhD, leads the Technology Development for Sema4 with technology adoption, and research and development to create high-throughput diagnostics and innovative IP. Dr. Sebra has vast experience in molecular, biochemical, and sequencing technology including surface bioconjugation techniques, lab-on-a-chip platforms, active biomaterials, single-molecule platforms, and the integration of bulk and single-cell sequencing technologies for basic science and clinically driven applications. He is a leading expert in sequencing platforms and a pioneer in new approaches for single molecule and single cell assay development. Dr. Sebra has published more than 50 papers in top tier journals, including Science, Cell, Nature, NEJM, and Cancer Discovery, and his work has led to multiple issued patents. To learn more about Dr. Sebra’s background, visit his lab page.



To learn more about Dr. Bobby Sebra’s research, visit Google Scholar – Robert Sebra, PhD

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