Dr. Bruce Beutler ’76 Lecture: The New Forward Genetics

The New Forward Genetics

It is now possible to find mutations that cause (or mitigate) disease almost instantaneously. Hear about his approach to forward genetics, developed in Dr. Beutler’s laboratory, which makes it possible to find most of the genes needed for a particular biological function within a reasonable period of time.


Dr. Bruce Beutler is an immunologist and geneticist. In 2011, he shared the Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine with Jules Hoffman for “their discoveries concerning the activation of innate immunity.” He is currently the Director of the Center of Genetics of Host Defense at the University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center at Dallas, a Regental Professor of the University of Texas System and holds the Raymond and Ellen Willie Distinguished Chair in Cancer Research.

Dr. Beutler received a bachelor’s degree in biology from UC San Diego and an MD from the University of Chicago. He completed his medical residency at University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center at Dallas. His additional training includes a postdoctoral fellowship at Rockefeller University. He has published more than 300 highly cited papers. He has received numerous awards and honors and is a member of the National Academy of Sciences and the Institute of Medicine.

Dr. Beutler will be receiving a Distinguished Alumni Award at the 38th Annual Alumni Celebration on Saturday, June 4.

Lecture: 4:00 p.m., Reception 5:00 p.m. – 5:30 p.m.

UC San Diego Medical Education and Telemedicine Building

sponsored by Biological Sciences

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