Dr. Guyer is the Deputy Director of the National Human Genome Research Institute (NHGRI), planning a wide range of scientific activities to advance genomics, which also includes the study of the ethical, legal and social implications of genomic and genetic research.
Dr. Guyer has been associated with scientific administration of the Human Genome Project since its inception at the NIH. He first served as a staff liaison to the planning process when he was a Program Director at the National Institute of General Medical Sciences (NIGMS), and then was one of the initial staff when the Office of Human Genome Research was established in 1988. He has served in many capacities during the evolution of the agency from office through center to institute status, and has participated in all phases of the NHGRI's scientific activities, from sequencing through Ethical, Legal and Social Implications (ELSI) Research. Among his primary activities was the development of the NHGRI's series of five-year plans for the HGP in the United States, in 1990, 1993, 1998 and 2003.
In September 2011, Dr. Guyer was officially appointed Deputy Director for NHGRI by Director Eric Green, M.D., Ph.D. As deputy director, Dr. Guyer plays a key role in implementing the institute's new strategic plan, the fifth one that he has helped develop in his 23 years at NHGRI.
Dr. Guyer received his Ph.D. in bacteriology and immunology from the University of California, Berkeley in 1974.
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Last Updated: December 24, 2013