The Genomic Landscape circa 2014 – Eric Green

Andy Baxevanis:
All right, so with that, it’s my pleasure to introduce to you today our speaker, and
one of my fellow course organizers, Dr. Eric Green. Eric, as many of you know, is the director
of the National Human Genome Research Institute here at the NIH. Prior to his appointment
into the directorship, he was the scientific director of our Intramural Program, dating
back to 2002, and I had the pleasure of serving in the role of his deputy during that time.
He was also the founding director of the NIH Intramural Sequencing Center, a state of the
art DNA sequencing facility that has played a really critical role in the advancement
of genomic science, particularly in the area of comparative genomics; and you’re going
to be hearing a lot about that throughout this particular series. During the almost two decades that Eric spent
directing his own research program, he and his group made major contributions towards
our understanding of the human genome, having had significant involvement in the sequencing
of the human genome since the very beginning of the Human Genome Project, and then having
developed technology and strategies for the large-scale analysis of vertebrate genomes,
providing us with interesting and seminal insights about genome structure, function,
and evolution. Because of his work in the field of genomics, Eric’s received numerous
prestigious awards in recognition, and has been inducted into both the American Society
for Clinical Investigation and the Association of American Physicians. Today, Dr. Green will be presenting his perspective
on the current genomic landscape, thereby setting the stage for many of the topics we’re
going to talk about throughout this series. As those of you who’ve had the opportunity
to hear Eric lecture in the past, you know he is an absolutely wonderful speaker, and
I’m sure you’ll enjoy today’s talk very much. So with that, please join me in welcoming
my longtime colleague and today’s lecturer, Dr. Eric Green. [applause]

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