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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.


Eric Lander

Eric Lander, Ph.D., is president and founding director of the Broad Institute of MIT and Harvard. Dr. Lander was one of the principal leaders of the international Human Genome Project from 1990 to 2003. Dr. Lander is a professor of biology at MIT and professor of systems biology at Harvard Medical School. Dr. Lander is interested in every aspect of the human genome and its application to medicine. He has been instrumental in developing tools to elucidate the molecular basis of human disease as well as several methodologies to determine the contribution of genetics to human health. This oral history will focus on Dr. Lander’s involvement in the Human Genome Project. He also answers questions about genomic technology development, how to think about “big science,” and the role of innovation, collaboration and ethics in science.