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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.


David Valle

David Valle, M.D., is the director of the McKusick-Nathans Institute of Genetic Medicine at Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine, where he is also a professor of medical genetics. His other positions include being a co-principal investigator at Center for Inherited Disease (CIDR) at Johns Hopkins University and principal investigator at the Baylor Hopkins Center for Medical Genomics (BCHMG). This oral history will cover Dr. Valle’s early life and education in science, his time at Johns Hopkins University under the guidance of famed geneticist Victor McKusick, his experience as an advisor on the Human Genome Project, and his more recent work helping to further establish genomics at Johns Hopkins post-Human Genome Project.