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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.


Stephen Fodor

Stephen Fodor, Ph.D., is the founder of the biotechnology company Affymetrix based in Palo Alto, California. He is also a member of the Board of Trustees at the Carnegie Institution of Science. Part 1 of this oral history will cover Dr. Fodor’s early life at Washington State University, and later Princeton University, his groundbreaking work at the biotech company Affymax developing technologies for the synthesis of micro-arrays which would have a profound impact on the progress of the Human Genome Project. Dr. Fodor also recounts his experiences interacting and working with many key figures in the early history of the Human Genome Project.