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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.


Harris Lewin

Harris A. Lewin, Ph.D., is the Robert and Rosabel Osborne Endowed Chair and Distinguished Professor of Evolution and Ecology at the University of California, Davis. Prior to his current position Professor Lewin spent 27 years at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign as the E.W. and J.M. Gutgsell Endowed Professor in Immunogenetics. He also previously served as the UC Davis Vice Chancellor for Research from 2011-2016. This oral history will cover a range of topics, including Professor Lewin’s involvement in the sequencing of the cattle genome, his extensive research work with the agricultural industry, and his more recent efforts leading the ambitious Earth BioGenome Project.