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Lee Silver

Professor, Princeton University and Author
Lee M. Silver is Professor of Molecular Biology and Public Policy at Princeton University. He is also a founder and principal science advisor of GenePeeks, a personal genome company that helps people interpret their genetic information to reduce the risk of heritable disease in the next generation. Professor Silver holds a doctorate in biophysics from Harvard University.  He is an elected lifetime Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science and a recipient of a National Institutes of Health MERIT award for outstanding research in genetics. Silver has authored a leading undergraduate textbook in genetics and genomics, a post-graduate textbook in mammalian genetics and two popular books for a general audience, Challenging Nature and Remaking Eden. He has also authored over 200 scientific articles in the fields of genetics, reproductive biology and molecular biology, as well as scholarly articles at the interface of biomedicine, law, bioethics, and public policy.  In addition to his academic works, Silver has written opinion pieces for the New York Times, the Washington Post, Time magazine and Newsweek International.  He has appeared on numerous television and radio programs including the Charlie Rose Show, 20/20, 60 Minutes, PBS News Hour, NBC Nightly News, ABC News, Nightline, National Public Radio  and the Colbert Report with Stephen Colbert.  Silver collaborated with the playwright Jeremy Kareken on the award-winning play Sweet, Sweet Motherhood which opened off-off-Broadway at the Here Arts Center.