Recorded: 14 May 2004
There was a series of international meetings as the project warmed up. There were some at the Sanger Centre, several in the U.S., the Japanese meeting and there were the Chinese and the French meetings—I didn’t attend those two. The German meeting, I was at the German meeting—so there were a lot of meetings.
Today I was talking with someone and we were counting up how many of these kinds of meetings we had all been to. I think maybe fifty, if you count not just the international policy meetings and the Bermuda meetings, but you count all the NIH meetings and the sequencing advisors meetings and the sequence center meetings
Richard A. Gibbs is currently the Director of the Human Genome Sequencing Center at Baylor College of Medicine (BCM) and the Wofford Cain Professor in the Department of Molecular and Human Genetics. He received a B.Sc. (Hons) in 1979 and a Ph.D. in Genetics and Radiation Biology in 1985 at the University of Melbourne in Australia. In 1990 he completed a postdoctoral fellowship at Houston’s Baylor College of Medicine, studying the molecular basis of human X-linked diseases and developing technologies for rapid genetic analysis. He developed several fundamental technologies for nucleic acid analysis. In 1991, he joined the BCM faculty and played a key role in the early planning and development phases of the Human Genome Project. In 1996, he established the BCM Human Genome Sequencing Center when Baylor was chosen as one of six programs to complete the final phase of the Human Genome Project. Dr. Gibbs has also made significant contributions to the deciphering of the fly, mouse, dictyostelium, and rat genomes. Among the numerous awards and honors received by Dr. Gibbs, he was awarded the Michael E. DeBakey, M.D., Excellence in Research Award in 2000.