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Halli Benasutti

PhD Candidate, University of Washington

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The soon-to-be Dr. Benasutti is working on completing her biochemistry dissertation in the Chamberlain Lab at the University of Washington. Her research focuses on the development of gene therapies for Limb-Girdle Muscular Dystrophy type R9. Halli’s interests outside of academia primarily revolve around outdoor adventure and exploration, to which the Pacific Northwest lends itself nicely. 

Scheduled Appearances

Science & Health

The Meaning of Life and Death

Crosscut Festival 2022
Wed May 4, 2022 | 1:00pm

If you are human, you are going to die. Death is the inevitable price we pay for being alive. But humans are getting better at pushing back our expiration date.We talk with two authors; one focused on the scientific work to define life, and another who explores our efforts to extend our lives. WATCH NOW


Featuring: Carl Zimmer , Andrew Steele, Halli Benasutti

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