Richard Myers on Vision & Goals
  Richard Myers     Biography    
Recorded: 29 May 2003

Well, I mean, yes. I want this place, I want HudsonAlpha Institute to become a premier genomics high-throughput biology laboratory with a really open environment. I mean I think the model of the companies in the same building. I mean, people have wondered what this about. There are these small biotech companies, not that tiny, but some of them are small. Almost all doing human genetics, or genomics types of things, in the same building as a non-profit academic-style institute, where there’s easy interactions. Easy to commercialize things if they need to be. But, also I think the interactions will go both ways, where the companies will benefit from the academic environment that we’re creating. And what’s important, and we have a major focus of our effort at HudsonAlpha is education, as well. We have a major education outreach effort with distance learning.

A real professional named Neil Lamb running the - he’s actually been there for a year and a half – running the show. Doing, really having an impact on the entire area, not just the city, but the whole state and broader. On how to teach at all different levels. And we…I’ve been interested in this for a long time, and we’ve spent a lot of our effort in California doing this. But I think the … and we always refer to this as K-12, for kindergarten through twelfth grade. But Neil’s programs are cradle to grave. And really the idea of teaching people at every level for, and throughout life. Because it’s really important that people understand what it is that we are doing. Genetics is going to play a much, much more important role in everybody’s life. And to be able to make intelligent decisions about it I think will be really important. So that’s going to be a big part of our institute as well.

Richard Myers, biochemist and geneticist, is currently Director of the HudsonAlpha Institute for Biotechnology in Huntsville, Alabama.

Following his undergraduate degree in biochemistry from the University of Alabama (B.S., 1977), Dr. Myers earned his Ph.D. in Biochemistry from the University of California at Berkeley (1982) with Robert Tjian. His postdoctoral work was performed at Harvard University with Tom Maniatis. In 1986 he joined the faculty of the University of California at San Francisco, and remained there until 1993 when he moved to Stanford University School of Medicine. He had been Professor and Chair of the Department of Genetics and Director of the Stanford Human Genome Center until July 2008 when he was named to his current position.

Dr. Myers is a member of numerous committees concerned with human genetic diseases and the Human Genome Project including the Genome Resources and Sequencing Prioritization Panel (GRASPP) and is Chair of the Genome Research Review Committee of the National Human Genome Research Institute of the National Institutes of Health. He is also a member of the Biology and Biotechnology Program Advisory Committee of the U.S. Department of Energy. Dr. Myers has received numerous awards including the Pritzker Foundation Award (2002), the Darden Lecture Award from the University of Alabama (2002), the Wills Foundation Award (1986-2001) and was a Searle Scholar (1987-1990).

Myers was involved in every human genome meeting at Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory and has attended CSHL symposia since 1986.