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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.


Deanna Church

May 3, 2019 - Deanna Church, Ph.D., is the Senior Director for Mammalian Applications at Inscripta, Inc. She was previously the Senior Director of Applications at 10X Genomics, and the Senior Director of Genomics and Content at Personalis, Inc. In this oral history, Deanna recounts her time studying genomics in John Wasmuth’s lab at UC Irvine and her time as a staff scientist for the National Center for Biotechnology Information (NCBI) from 2009 to 2013. At NCBI she coordinated the mouse genome resources and headed NCBI’s team in the Genome Reference Consortium, an international group focusing on refining data on the human genome.