Richard Gibbs on Craig Venter's Contribution to HGP
  Richard Gibbs     Biography    
Recorded: 14 May 2004

So what Craig specialized in and still specializes in [is] being bold. And the boldness is a matter of being willing to say, let’s do the big experiment and it should work out. He’s a clever man; he’s made sure that the ingredients are as good as they can be. So it helped a lot. It showed us that, the rest of the genome world that if you do a shotgun sequence you produce all this raw data for this two hundred megabase organism, 160 megabase organism, then you got a good chance that you’ll get what you want.

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.