Prof. Virginijus Šikšnys currently holds a chair of distinguished professor at Vilnius University. He also serves as a chief scientist/head of the department at the Institute of Biotechnology of Vilnius University and a chairman of the board of Life Science Center. He is also a founder and chairman of the board of the “Caszyme” company. Prof. Virginijus Šikšnys’s research on the CRISPR-Cas has had a major impact in the field of gene editing.

He together with co-authors, published seminal papers on Cas9 biochemistry that were the foundation for the translation of CRISPR-Cas bacterial immune system into a powerful genome-editing tool. He is a member of EMBO, EAM, Lithuania Academy of Sciences and Norwegian Academy of Sciences and letters. His work has been recently recognized with several awards and prizes including the Kavli Prize.

Virginijus Šikšnys

Professor at University of Vilnius

University of Vilnius

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