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CRISPR shares the same space as Blockchain and IOT payments as one of the most disruptive innovations of recent years. Although still in its relative infancy, the global market of this gene-editing tool is expected to grow to approximately $10 billion by 2025.*

The CRISPR Gene-editing Applications online short course from Harvard’s Office of the Vice Provost for Advances in Learning (VPAL), in association with HarvardX, provides decision makers and investors interested in the biotechnology industry with the opportunity to learn more about CRISPR in relation to various industries such as biotech, healthcare, and agriculture. You’ll also investigate the CRISPR gene-editing tool, sometimes referred to as CRISPR Cas9.

From combating cancer and optimizing agriculture, to treatment of genetic disease and ethical considerations, this genetic engineering course will give you an understanding of the CRISPR landscape and its future potential.

This 8-week course will give you a comprehensive understanding of what CRISPR is, and the possibilities it brings to genetic engineering.

What you'll learn:

  • Understand CRISPR Cas9 technology and its potential application in various industries like biofuel, agriculture, and healthcare
  • Argue about the applications of CRISPR in the biotechnology industry and how this will assist the development of disease-resistant cultivars, improve food yields, and allow biofuels to become a viable alternative energy source
  • Explore the possibilities of curing inherited genetic disorders, treating infectious diseases, such as HIV, and advancing the fight against cancer, by using real-world case studies
  • Discover the significant ways in which CRISPR can be applied to different kinds of businesses, and explore the market opportunities for investors and venture capitalists
  • Consider the ethical implications CRISPR genetic manipulation raises as the technology is developed


Meet The Faculty

Alain Viel

Alain Viel

Director of Undergraduate Research and Senior Lecturer in the Department of Molecular and Cellular Biology, Harvard University

Alain Viel is Director of Undergraduate Research and Senior Lecturer in the Department of Molecular and Cellular Biology at Harvard University. He received a PhD in Molecular and Cellular Biology of Development from Pierre and Marie Curie University in Paris, France (Paris VI) and did his postdoctoral work at Harvard University. He teaches research-based courses as well as courses in molecular biology and biochemistry. He is a founding member of BioVisions, a collaboration between scientists, teaching faculty, students, and multimedia professionals that focuses on science visualization. He is the co-author of the award winning animation series “The Inner Life of the Cell.”

Hanan Dahche

Hanan Dahche

Postdoctoral Fellow and Teaching Assistant, Harvard University

Hanan Dahche is a lab manager at the department of chemistry and chemical biology at Harvard University. She received her PhD in biochemistry at Virginia Tech, and finished two postdoctoral trainings at the University of Cincinnati and Harvard University. She is also involved in education. She taught two undergraduate courses (biochemistry and genetics) as a teaching assistant at Harvard University, and coached middle and high school students in an introductory lab to biotechnology. Her current research involves using gene editing tools to answer questions about brain function and neurological disorders.

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