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Thomas & Salma Haider Biomedical Breakthrough Lecture


Dr. Stanley Qi Presents at Fourth Annual Lecture

The Thomas & Salma Haider Biomedical Breakthrough Lecture brings the best and brightest researchers in the biomedical field to Riverside to present their research. The 2021 lecture will featured Dr. Stanley Qi, assistant professor in the Department of Bioengineering and the Department of Chemical and Systems Biology at the Stanford School of Medicine will be held on Thursday, October 7, 2021.

This annual lecture series is supported through the generosity of an endowed gift from Dr. Thomas and Salma Haider, longtime supporters of medical education and research at the University of California, Riverside.

Qi is assistant professor in the Department of Bioengineering, Department of Chemical and Systems Biology, and the Stanford ChEM-H Institute. He obtained B.S. in math and physics from Tsinghua University, Beijing, M.A. in physics from UC Berkeley, and Ph.D. in Bioengineering from UC Berkeley.

Event Information

When: Thursday, October 7, 2021 at 5 p.m.
Where: Online via Zoom Webinar
Cost: Free and open to the public.
Questions: Email development@medsch.ucr.edu

About Stanley Qi, Ph.D.


Assistant Professor in the Department of Bioengineering, Department of Chemical and Systems Biology, and faculty fellow in Stanford ChEM-H

Professor Stanley Qi. Photo by Paul Sakuma/Stanford Medicine
Dr. Stanley Qi (Photo by Paul Sakuma/Stanford Medicine)

Dr. Lei Stanley Qi is an assistant professor in the Department of Bioengineering, Department of Chemical and Systems Biology, and a faculty fellow in Stanford ChEM-H. He is one of major contributors to the CRISPR technology development for genome engineering. He demonstrated the first use of the nuclease-deactivated Cas9 (dCas9) for genome targeting in cells. Using dCas9, His lab developed the CRISPR interference (CRISPRi) and CRISPR activation (CRISPRa) technologies for gene expression regulation, which is broadly used for high-throughput study of genomics in different organisms. He co-developed the CRISPR application for chromatin imaging in living cells. His lab greatly expanded the CRISPR toolbox for engineering the genome and epigenome, including multiplexed epigenome editing, programmable 3D genome manipulation (CRISPR-GO), live-cell imaging (LiveFISH), and CRISPR antivirals for targeting RNA viruses (PAC-MAN). He obtained B.S. in physics from Tsinghua University, and Ph.D. in bioengineering from the University of California, Berkeley in 2012. He joined UCSF as systems biology faculty fellow between 2012 to 2014, and joined the faculty at Stanford University since 2014. His lab combines genome engineering with synthetic biology to understand the function of mammalian genomes and develop gene therapy.

About Dr. Thomas and Salma Haider

Dr. Thomas and Mrs. Salma Haider

Dr. Thomas T. Haider is a world-renowned spine surgeon, philanthropist, entrepreneur and inventor. He and his wife, Salma, have been stalwart supporters of improving medical education in Inland Southern California and were key contributors in the founding of the UCR School of Medicine.

The Haider's generous support the SOM includes the Thomas Haider Program at UC Riverside School of Medicine, which provides an avenue for qualified and culturally diverse, underprivileged students to enroll in UCR School of Medicine each year, The Salma Haider Endowed Chair for the Thomas Haider Program, and this annual lecture series.

Dr. Haider is a recipient of the UC Riverside Chancellor’s Medal, the American Medical Association’s Pride in the Profession Award and was awarded the Outstanding Medical Profession of the Year Award by United States Congress. The Haiders created and run the Children’s Spine Foundation, through which they provide free medical care to children at their clinic, the Haider Spine Center, as well as in hospitals abroad.

Download "Supporting the Future of Medicine," a commemorative book about the Haiders Relationship with UC Riverside

Past Presenters

David Hafler, M.D.
2020: Paul Offit, M.D.

Maurice R. Hilleman Professor of Vaccinology and Professor of Pediatrics at the Perelman School of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania

Watch his presentation, "Developing a COVID-19 Vaccine at Warp Speed" on YouTube


David Hafler, M.D.
2019:  David Hafler, M.D.

William S. and Lois Stiles Edgerly Professor and Chairman of the Department of Neurology and Professor of Immunobiology at the Yale School of Medicine

Watch his presentation, "Immune Cell Adaptation in the Brain: Your Brain is on Fire" on YouTube


Susan Akerman
2018:  Susan L. Akerman, Ph.D.

Professor of Cellular and Molecular Medicine, and the Stephen W. Kuffler Chair in Biology, at the University of California, San Diego

Watch her presentation, "Maintaining the Balance: Neurodegeneration and Susceptibility Genes in the Aging Brain," on YouTube