David Haussler on Recruiting for The Human Genome Project
  David Haussler     Biography    
Recorded: 08 May 2012

So, I immediately recruited Jim Kent, who was an absolutely stellar student in one of my classes and who I knew to have really extraordinary software engineering ability as well as knowledge of biology; he was PhD student at the time in biology. And also David Kulp, the person who had been in instrumental in developing the hidden Markov models for gene-find and we started as very small team at Santa Cruz to try to put together an infrastructure to locate and annotate all of the genes in the human genome when it was available.

David Haussler (born 1953) is an American bioinformatician known for his work leading the team that assembled the first human genome sequence in the race to complete the Human Genome Project and subsequently for comparative genome analysis that deepens understanding the molecular function and evolution of the genome. He is a Howard Hughes Medical Institute Investigator, professor of biomolecular engineering and director of the Center for Biomolecular Science and Engineering at the University of California, Santa Cruz, director of the California Institute for Quantitative Biosciences (QB3) on the UC Santa Cruz campus, and a consulting professor at Stanford University School of Medicine and UC San Francisco Biopharmaceutical Sciences Department.