Shoukhrat Mitalipov – Director, OHSU Center for Embryonic Cell and Gene Therapy

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Shoukhrat Mitalipov, Ph.D., is the director of the OHSU Center for Embryonic Cell and Gene Therapy at the OHSU School of Medicine and a world leader in the realm of genetic therapy. In August 2017, Mitalipov and his team published the results of the first known successful attempt at repairing a gene mutation in human embryos in the United States providing new insight about the workings of DNA, the foundational building block of life. Using a gene-editing tool Mitalipov effectively repaired a disease-causing mutation in a human embryo that would prevent it from being passed down to future generations. He holds seven U.S. patents in gene therapy techniques.

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