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In recent history, it has become common to suggest that faith and scientific scholarship are antithetical to one another. Praveen Sethupathy is a leading geneticist who tells a different story, one that explores the depths of religious conviction and the joys of rigorous academic research. He comes to Upper House to share personal reflections on the harmony between supposedly disparate ways of knowing.
Dr. Praveen Sethupathy is an Associate Professor of Biomedical Sciences at Cornell University in Ithaca, New York, where he directs a research laboratory focused on genomics and human disease. He received a B.A. in computer science from Cornell University, and a Ph.D. in genomics and computational biology from the University of Pennsylvania. He served as a postdoctoral fellow in genomics under the mentorship of Dr. Francis Collins at the National Institutes of Health. In 2011, he was selected by Genome Technology as one of the nation’s top 25 rising professors in genomics. Dr. Sethupathy has published over 80 articles in leading scientific journals, such as Science, Nature Communications, PNAS, and Genome Biology, and has served as a reviewer for over 30 scientific journals. Praveen’s work is funded by the National Institutes of Health, the American Diabetes Association, the Fibrolamellar Cancer Foundation, and several Cornell University grant programs. Recent honors include an award for outstanding mentorship and teaching. Praveen has been an invited speaker on topics related to science & Christian faith for the Veritas Forum on college campuses, and has served on the advisory council on the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) dialogue on science, ethics and religion. He currently serves on the board of the BioLogos Foundation and is a part of their Speakers program called BioLogos Voices. Praveen lives in Brooktondale, NY, with his wife Rebecca and their three children.