David Bentley on Career Satisfaction
  David Bentley     Biography    
Recorded: 14 May 2004

What’s given me the most satisfaction? I think being involved in the very early stages, both of the genome project from the technology point of view, the very first Cold Spring Harbor genome meetings, the script in our heads and learning from each other how the problems might be solved. Then I think the formation of the Sanger Centre, which was an enormously exciting time when the opportunities to put into practice all the hopes and all the lessons suddenly on the scale required to achieve the genome and to do it in concert with close international ties and develop those, I think those are the very exciting moments.

David Bentley, molecular biologist and geneticist, is currently Vice President and Chief Scientist of DNA Sequencing at Illumina, Inc., a commercial developer of genetic analysis tools and systems.

Educated at the University of Cambridge (M.A. in biochemistry) and the University of Oxford (Ph. D.), Dr. Bentley was a postdoctoral fellow, lecturer, and senior lecturer at Guy's and St. Thomas's Hospital in London from 1991 to 1993 where he studied mutations that cause genetic diseases, and a Senior Lecturer in the Division of Medical & Molecular Genetics at the University of London.

In 1993 he was brought to Sanger Centre (now known as Wellcome Trust Sanger Institute) as a founding member and head of human genetics by his mentor, John Sulston. Dr. Bentley led Sanger in their major contributions to the Human Genome Project, The Single Nucleotide Polymorphisms (SNP) Consortium, and the International Haplotype Mapping (HapMap) Project. Dr. Bentley left Wellcome in 1985 to join commercial sequencer, Solexa, Inc., as Chief Scientist where he was responsible for the Company’s DNA sequencing applications development and projects. Solexa was acquired by Illumina in 2007.