NIH Leader to Speak on Directions in Genomic Medicine

Eric D. Green

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The head of the National Human Genome Research Institute (NHGRI) will deliver a state-of-the-art lecture on “Entering the Era of Genomic Medicine: Research Opportunities and Challenges.” Eric D. Green, MD, PhD, will speak on Saturday, Nov. 3.

As director of NHGRI at the National Institutes of Health (NIH) since 2009, Dr. Green is responsible for leading the investigative program and other initiatives of the largest organization in the world dedicated to genomics research.

He has been with the institute since 1994, previously serving as its scientific director (2002 to 2009), chief of its Genome Technology Branch (1996 to 2009), and director of the NIH Intramural Sequencing Center (1997 to 2009). While directing an independent research program for almost two decades, Dr. Green was at the forefront of efforts to map, sequence, and understand eukaryotic genomes, including significant, start-to-finish involvement in the Human Genome Project. This work blossomed into a productive program in comparative genomics that provided important insights about genome structure, function, and evolution.

Most recently, Dr. Green led NHGRI’s strategic planning process, which yielded a new vision for the future of genomics research, titled “Charting a Course for Genomic Medicine from Base Pairs to Bedside.”

He is a founding editor of the journal Genome Research and a series editor of Genome Analysis: A Laboratory Manual. He is co-editor of Annual Review of Genomics and Human Genetics. He has authored or co-authored more than 280 scientific publications.

Prior to being recruited to join NIH in 1994, Dr. Green was assistant professor of pathology, genetics, and internal medicine and a co-investigator in the Human Genome Center at Washington University in St. Louis, the university where he received his medical degree and doctorate. For his doctorate in cell biology, Dr. Green studied sugar molecules attached to proteins. But when the Human Genome Project began to be discussed in the 1980s, he switched scientific fields to follow his clinical interests in molecular diagnostics.

Dr. Green has received man y awards and honors, including the Helen Hay Whitney Postdoctoral Research Fellowship, a Lucille P. Markey Scholar Award in Biomedical Science, the Lillian M. Gilbreth Lectureship for Young Engineers at the National Academy of Engineering, an Alumni Achievement Award from the Washington University School of Medicine, and the Wallace H. Coulter Lectureship Award from the American Association for Clinical Chemistry.