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30th Anniversary of the Human Genome Project

Interviews with genomics leaders

October 2020 marks the 30th anniversary of the beginning of the Human Genome Project (HGP). To commemorate this historic milestone, NHGRI’s History of Genomics Program is featuring 30 oral history interviews with prominent genomics experts relevant to the HGP and the broader field of genomics. This collection includes interviews with HGP architects, government officials who managed the HGP and researchers who actively contributed to the HGP’s success. We will feature one oral history per week for 30 consecutive weeks, culminating on Oct. 1, 2020.

Jay Shendure

Jay Shendure, M.D., Ph.D. is a Professor in the Department of Genome Sciences at the University of Washington School of Medicine and an Affiliate Investigator in the Human Biology Division at the Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center. In the lab of his doctoral advisor George Church at Harvard, Dr. Shendure was among the first to demonstrate a proof of concept for massively parallel next-generation sequencing in 2005. His group at the University of Washington pioneered exome sequencing and its application to Mendelian disorders. In 2012, he became the youngest individual to receive the Curt Stern Award from the American Society of Human Genetics. In this interview he discusses Dr. Shendure discusses his life and scientific career, beginning with his work in the Church lab and extending through his discussions of Mendelian diseases, genomic medicine and the legacies of the Human Genome Project.