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UCI School of Biological Sciences Dean’s Distinguished Lecture

UCI School of Biological Sciences Dean’s Distinguished Lecture to Feature Charles Dunlop, Founder of Ambry Genetics.

UCIOn March 1, the Dean’s Lecture Series at the UCI Ayala School of Biological Sciences will feature one of the area’s most successful biotech entrepreneurs.

Charles Dunlop, founder of Ambry Genetics, will sit down with Dean Frank M. LaFerla for an intimate conversation about his colorful background, the evolution of genetic testing, and how Ambry Genetics grew from an office above a Harley-Davidson store to being acquired for nearly $1 billion.

The Ayala School of Biological Sciences at the University of California, Irvine will present a special lecture and conversation with Charles Dunlop, founder of Orange County-based Ambry Genetics around the theme, “Insight, Courage and Inspiration.” The event is set for Thurs., Mar. 1, 2018, at 4 p.m. in the Doheny Beach Conference Room of the UCI Student Center, followed by a reception at 5 p.m.

Ayala School Dean Frank LaFerla will sit down with Dunlop to reveal how he went from research assistant to successful biotech entrepreneur. Topics will include insights into Ambry’s push to revolutionize genetic testing, Dunlop’s insistence that Ambry help fight the legal battles that led to wider availability of genetic testing kits for patients, an update on his new and future ventures as a scientist and entrepreneur, and questions from the audience.

Dunlop was a fun-loving surfer and physics aficionado early in his college career at the University of California, San Diego. He became interested in genetics after working in a molecular genetics lab on campus, an experience as a young researcher that had a profound impact on his life.

After graduation, Dunlop continued to work as a molecular biologist. But, as a person who values “giving back,” he wanted to do more to help individuals with genetic diseases. Driven in part by the emerging knowledge in genetics obtained from the Human Genome Project, Dunlop founded Ambry Genetics in 1999. What began with a few employees in a small office above a Harley-Davidson store has grown to more than 800 employees at Ambry’s current location in Aliso Viejo. After almost two decades as the head of a successful genetics biotech firm, as well as a battle with stage-four prostate cancer, Dunlop sold Ambry in 2017 for close to $1 billion.

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About the University of California, Irvine: Founded in 1965, UCI is the youngest member of the prestigious Association of American Universities. The campus has produced three Nobel laureates and is known for its academic achievement, premier research, innovation and anteater mascot. Led by Chancellor Howard Gillman, UCI has more than 30,000 students and offers 192 degree programs. It’s located in one of the world’s safest and most economically vibrant communities and is Orange County’s second-largest employer, contributing $5 billion annually to the local economy. For more on UCI, visit



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