2020 Bernard Cohen Memorial Lecture

Posted On: March 05, 2020

The Department hosted Dr. David Reich, from Harvard University, as the 2020 Bernard Cohen Memorial Lecture speaker. Dr. Reich is a population geneticist renowned for his work on human population structure, and the identification of genetic risk factors for human disease. He has pioneered techniques in the analysis of ancient DNA to address fundamental questions about human ancestry. He started the first laboratory for studying ancient human DNA in the United States and has already collected genomewide data on more than 6,000 ancient humans. Dr. Reich was welcomed from members across the University to hear his exciting new research. This annual event was established in 1985 and brings a geneticists to the School of Medicine each spring. Dr. Stanley N. Cohen, a 1960 School of Medicine graduate and current Professor of Genetics at Stanford University endowed the lectureship as a memorial to his father, Bernard Cohen, to honor his lifelong interest in science. The Lectureship is designed to further the interaction of students and faculty and to promote interest in genetics at Penn. The next Cohen Lecture will take place on May 3, 2021 with a seminar by Dr. David Kingsley from Stanford University.