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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.

Jonathan Pritchard

Jonathan Pritchard, Ph.D. is a Professor in the Departments of Genetics and Biology at Stanford University. His research interests lie in the study of human evolution, in particular, in understanding the association between genetic variation among human individuals and human traits. He also developed the STRUCTURE algorithm for studying population structure. In this oral history, Jonathan describes his career path and interactions with many influential population geneticists. He provides insights about significant large-scale, human genetic variation projects, such as the HapMap Project and offers his thoughts regarding exciting, future scientific research.