Gerald Rubin on The Future of Genomics
  Gerald Rubin     Biography    
Recorded: 30 May 2003

Well, the future of genomics is the future of all biology; because in a sense, genomics has an effect on everything we do in biological research. So it’s another set of tools. It’s like saying, what’s the future of genomics is like saying what’s the future of biochemistry, or what’s the future of genetics, or what’s the future of cell biology? It’s all biology. I don’t think that it’s a separate, it’s a set of tools, and it’s a way of doing things with lots of samples at once.

I mean I used to like to tell people, when they ask me what is genomics, I said, "Well, if you do it in an individual test tube, its’ molecular biology; if you do it in a ninety-six well plate, it’s genomics." I mean I don’t think it’s hard to know what genomics really isn’t another field different from molecular biology or genetics.

Gerald Rubin is a geneticist, molecular and cell biologist. As Director of the Berkeley Drosophila Genome Project, he led the sequencing of the entire fruit fly genome. Currently, as Vice President and Director of the Janelia Farm Research Campus at the Howard Hughes Medical Institute in Ashburn, Virginia, his research focus is on developing the biological and computer tools that are capable of analyzing and displaying the vast amount of information available from the genomic DNA sequencing of the fruit fly. He uses these advanced techniques to decipher gene regulation and expression at a genome-wide level in Drosophila and determine the function of certain fruit fly genes.

Gerald Rubin is also a professor of Genetics and Development at the University of California, Berkeley. He came to Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory as an URP (Undergraduate Research Program) in the early 70’s working under Lionel Crawford and Ray Gesteland before moving to Cambridge to earn his Ph.D. in molecular biology. He did postdoctoral work at Stanford University School of Medicine and became an assistant professor of biological chemistry at Harvard Medical School prior to commencing his genetics professorship at Berkeley in 1983.

Gerald Rubin is a member of the National Academy of Sciences and the Institute of Medicine. Among the awards he has received is the American Chemical Society Eli Lilly Award in biological chemistry.