David Haussler on Genome Research: Banbury Meeting
  David Haussler     Biography    
Recorded: 08 May 2012

There was a great meeting on computational methods to find genes at the Banbury in Cold Spring Harbor.

So, yeah all five genome centers were represented. I remember Eddy Rubin from the JGI and Eric Lander and Bob Waterston was at the helm at WashU at the time and of course the Sanger Center and Richard Gibbs from Baylor, and there was - I remember Jim Watson was in charge at that time and him discussing with the Centers how the progress was and being very much a hard-guy about okay, you know, either we produce the data or we’re out, we’re going to narrow it down to a few centers that are really producing the data. He was definitely a tough guy.

The meeting was really about computational methods to find the genes in the new genome once they were sequenced. But of course there was a special side discussion on sequencing itself and how it was progressing, so that became a focus.

David Haussler (born 1953) is an American bioinformatician known for his work leading the team that assembled the first human genome sequence in the race to complete the Human Genome Project and subsequently for comparative genome analysis that deepens understanding the molecular function and evolution of the genome. He is a Howard Hughes Medical Institute Investigator, professor of biomolecular engineering and director of the Center for Biomolecular Science and Engineering at the University of California, Santa Cruz, director of the California Institute for Quantitative Biosciences (QB3) on the UC Santa Cruz campus, and a consulting professor at Stanford University School of Medicine and UC San Francisco Biopharmaceutical Sciences Department.