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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.


Shirley Tilghman

Shirley M. Tilghman, Ph.D. is the President Emerita and Professor of Molecular Biology and Public Affairs at Princeton University. She was also the founding director of the university’s multidisciplinary Lewis-Sigler Institute for Integrative Genomics. In this oral history, Dr. Tilghman talks about the initial opinions and perceptions of the Human Genome Project, the challenges it faced as well as its victories. She also talks about what has defined the legacy of the Human Genome Project.