Recorded: 30 May 2003
I could say. They own me! It’s like I’m a part time employee here. No, I mean, it’s unbelievable. I mean you have to realize that I taught a laboratory course here for four years, I come to this meeting for, you know, fourteen years. I organized it for three years. I’ve been Genome Research editor for; I don’t know how many years previous to that. I was one of the editors of the genome analysis lab manual series. They own me. No, what can I say about it? I mean this place is wonderful. This place is special. I mean, you know, they ask you to do things and you almost always say yes. And it’s the place that people come. I mean I’m very proud of my association with both the meetings and the press because of the respect that both command in the community. And it’s not about making money, and it’s not about, you know, doing things at a corporate level, this is really just about true academic science.
Eric Green received his B.S. from the University of Wisconsin (1981) and his M.D. and Ph.D. from Washington University School of Medicine (1987). During his residency training in clinical pathology, he worked Maynard Olson’s lab, where he developed approaches for utilizing yeast artificial chromosomes (YACs) to construct physical maps of DNA. His work also included initiation of a project to construct a complete physical map of human chromosome 7.
In 1992, he became an assistant professor of pathology, genetics, and medicine as well as a co-investigator in the Human Genome Center at Washington University. In 1994, he moved his research laboratory to the intramural program of the National Human Genome Research Institute (NHGRI) at the National Institutes of Health. In November, 2009 he was appointed Director of NHGRI, after serving in the roles of NHGRI scientific director, director of NHGRI Division of Intramural Research, Chief of the Genome Technology Branch and that branches Physical Mapping Section, and Director of the NIH Intramural Sequencing Center (NISC). His lab’s current focus is on the application of large-scale DNA to study problems in human genomics, genetics, and biology.
Among the numerous awards Eric Green has received are induction into the American Society for Clinical Investigation in 2002 and into the America Association of Physicians in 2007. He is a founding editor of Genome Research, has edited the series, Genome Analysis: A Laboratory Manual, and, since 2005, is co-editor of the Annual Review of Genomics and Human Genetics.