Dr. Gilchrist joined the National Human Genome Research Institute's Extramural Research Program as a program director in 2014. He manages a portfolio of grants focused upon bioinformatics and computational biology and has recently joined the NHGRI team overseeing the ENCODE project. ENCODE is generating a comprehensive catalog of functional DNA elements within the human and mouse genomes, enabling researchers to explore the mechanistic underpinnings of disease-linked genetic variants.
Prior to joining NHGRI, Dr. Gilchrist served as a staff scientist at the National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences (NIEHS). There he developed and implemented an array of bioinformatic, genomic and biochemical methods to help elucidate mechanisms through which gene expression is altered in response to environmental signals.
He received his B.S. in biology from Purdue University, his Ph.D. from Stanford University, and completed postdoctoral training at NIEHS and Duke University.
Last Updated: January 26, 2016