Richard Myers on Bringing the Stanford Team to HudsonAlpha
  Richard Myers     Biography    
Recorded: 29 May 2003

I’m bringing all of my research. I mean in fact several of the senior people from my Genome Center and then from my laboratory at Stanford are moving, as well. They’re taking positions. Some of them are already there actually. Three of them will be Investigators at the Institute. And so we’re bringing the entire Sequencing Center and all of the functional genomics, all the research that we do.

Yeah, well, we’re not… I’ll in charge of the Institute. I’ll be running the Institute. And the Center now is multiple things. And so there’s a Sequencing Group that will be continued, The Joint Genome Institute DOE Sequencing. And that will be led by Jeremy Schmutz and Jane Grimwood. And, but then the functional genomics and the cancer stuff and the disease things will be in my laboratory and other laboratories that we’ll collaborate with.

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.

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