The Edward H. Birkenmeier Distinguished Lectureship in Genetics and Evolution

Edward H. Birkenmeier, 1947-1996, was a member of the scientific staff of The Jackson Laboratory for 16 years and a Senior Staff Scientist for five. The Birkenmeier Lectureship was founded to honor his memory and as a tribute to his enthusiasm and faith in science and learning. The lectureship is endowed through a fund established by Ed's family, friends, and colleagues. The funds are used to bring a distinguished scientist to the Jackson Laboratory for an annual public lecture. The first such lecture was held in 1998.


September 27, 2013 - Dr. Katherine S. Pollard, Associate Professor, Department of Epidemiology & Biostatistics, Institute for Human Genetics, University of California, San Francisco, Founder and Faculty Supervisor, Gladstone Bioinformatics Core, will present the 2013 Birkenmeier Lecture at 4:00 p.m. in the CC Little Auditorium at The Jackson Laboratory,Title: "What Makes Us Human?".  Dr. Pollard’s research focuses on identifying the genetic basis for human-specific traits in evolution and in the susceptibility to AIDS and atherosclerosis; and characterizing the human microbiome through metagenomic data.
Learn more about Dr. Pollard