Clare Hall has established a new annual lecture series, the King Lectures in Biomedical Sciences. This lecture series is made possible through a generous gift from Professor Donald West King. Professor King is a pathologist and has held faculty positions in Pathology at Yale, University of Colorado, Columbia University, and the University of Chicago. He is a Life Member of Clare Hall.
Guest Speaker 2019
Genomic Analysis of Inherited Breast and Ovarian Cancer from Gene Discovery to Precision Medicine and Public Health
Mary-Claire King, is a Professor in the Departments of Medicine and Genome Sciences at the University of Washington. She was the first to show that breast cancer is inherited in some families, as the result of mutations in the gene that she named BRCA1. In addition to inherited breast and ovarian cancer, her research interests include the genetic bases of schizophrenia, the genetic causes of congenital disorders in children, and human genetic diversity and evolution. She pioneered the use of DNA sequencing for human rights investigations, developing the approach of sequencing mitochondrial DNA preserved in human remains, then applying this method to the identification of kidnapped children in Argentina and subsequently to cases of human rights violations on six continents.
She is an elected member of the National Academy of Sciences, the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, the National Academy of Medicine, the American Philosophical Society, and foreign member of the French Academy of Sciences. She has received 18 honorary doctoral degrees, including from Harvard, Yale, Columbia, Princeton, Brown and Rockefeller Universities. In 2014, she received the Lasker Foundation Special Achievement Award for Medical Research, in 2016 the United States National Medal of Science, and in 2018 the Dan David Prize and the Shaw Prize.