2024 Robert L. Sinsheimer Distinguished Lecture in Biology

Escape from the Planet of the Cows

Patrick O. Brown, M.D., Ph.D.                                  

Professor emeritus at Stanford       Founder of Impossible Foods

Thursday, March 14, 2024, 7:30 - 8:45 pm

The Rio Theatre, 1205 Soquel Ave, Santa Cruz

Please join us at The Rio on March 14th, 2024 for a lecture by Patrick O. Brown.

This lecture is free and open to the public. The talk will be followed by a Q&A.

Doors open at 7:00 pm. Plan to arrive early as seating is limited. For more information or for disability-related needs, please call (831)459-3571.


Patrick O. Brown, MD, PhD is Professor emeritus at Stanford and founder of Impossible Foods. Pat received his BA, MD and PhD at the University of Chicago. He was a post-doctoral fellow at University of California San Francisco with Drs. Michael Bishop and Harold Varmus. As a Professor at Stanford, Pat and colleagues invented the DNA microarray – a revolutionizing technology that allowed all gene activity in a cell to be visualized. At Stanford, he also co-founded the Public Library of Science (PLOS), a nonprofit scientific publisher that has transformed the publishing industry. In 2010, Pat dedicated his focus on the roots of climate change and founded Impossible Foods to replace beef as a major carbon emitter on earth. Pat's new technology enabled affordable and sustainable meats made directly from plants. Pat is a member of the US National Academy of Sciences and National Academy of Medicine and recipient of the National Academy of Sciences award in Molecular Biology and the American Cancer Society Medal of Honor.