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Asia-Pacific Genetics Seminar series is honoured to host Dr. Tomoko Ohta

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Genomics Aotearoa is delighted to invite you to the first seminar in the Asia-Pacific Genetics Seminar series.

We are greatly honoured to have Dr. Tomoko Ohta, Professor Emerita, National Institute of Genetics, Japan discuss Near-Neutrality, Epigenetics and Transposable Elements on Tuesday 24 May 4-5 pm New Zealand time (1-2 pm Japan time). The seminar will be moderated by Hideki Innan. Please register for this zoom seminar.

We look forward to your participation and welcome your sharing this invitation with colleagues.

About Dr. Tomoko Ohta, Professor Emerita, National Institute of Genetics, Japan

Professor Emerita Dr. Tomoko Ohta is a world authority on population genetics, whose nearly neutral theory of molecular evolution builds upon Dr. Motoo Kimura’s neutral theory of evolution, challenging the assumptions of Neo-Darwinism and providing a framework for the understanding of the evolution of complex systems.

Dr. Ohta’s achievements are highly regarded internationally: in 2002 she was the first Japanese woman scientist to be named Foreign Member by the American National Academy of Sciences; in 2015 she was awarded the Crafoord Prize jointly with Richard Lewontin; and in 2018 she received the Society for Molecular Biology and Evolution (SMBE) Motoo Kimura Lifetime Contribution Award.

Her honours within Japan include the inaugural Saruhashi Prize and the Japan Academy Prize. She is a Person of Cultural Merit (Japan) and an awardee of the Order of Culture (Japan).

About the Asia-Pacific Genetics Seminar series

A collaboration between the Genetics Society of Japan (GSJ) and the Genetics Society of Australasia (GSA), the Asia-Pacific Genetics Seminar series aims to further develop the field of genetics and promote international exchange among researchers in Asia and Oceania.

The GSJ and GSA have worked together with the International Genetics Federation in developing this concept, and we also seek the involvement of other societies in our region in organizing future seminars. Please contact one of the working group members: