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Social aspects associated with genetic engineering in agriculture
Other Talks in the Series: Agricultural Genetics
Agricultural genetics for food security
- Prof. Robert Henry
- University of Queensland, Australia
The role of genetics in adaptation of agriculture to climate change
- Prof. Roberto Tuberosa
- University of Bologna, Italy
I would like to welcome you to this presentation. My name is Ania Wieczorek, and I'm Associate Professor in the Department of Tropical Plant and Soil Sciences at University of Hawaii. In this talk, I'm going to introduce you to social aspects associated with using genetic engineering in agriculture.
Before I start, I would like to give you some more information about myself. I received my Ph.D. from the University of Western Cape in South Africa, where I worked on using molecular biology tools to answer ecological questions. After completing my Ph.D., I did my postdoctoral research at Cornell University in the Department of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology. In 2001, I joined the University of Hawaii. And here at UH, I have two area of focus. First of all, are molecular ecologies. My work concentrates on conservation of indigenous species and management of invasive species through the application of DNA technology. Secondly, I have established a biotechnology outreach program that provides public education about genetic engineering to a wide range of audiences. About six years ago, I opened GENE-ius Day program, which introduced students at elementary and middle school to the importance of genetics in our lives.
I have been educating the public about genetic engineering for over 10 years. I do not advocate for or against it. My job is to provide unbiased information about this technology.