Professor, Genetics at Harvard Medical School
George Church, PhD, is Professor of Genetics at Harvard Medical School and Director of PersonalGenomes.org, which provides the world's only open-access information on human Genomic, Environmental and Trait data (GET). His 1984 Harvard PhD included the first methods for direct genome sequencing, molecular multiplexing, and barcoding. These led to the first genome sequence (pathogen, Helicobacter pylori) in 1994. His innovations have contributed to nearly all "next generation" genome sequencing methods and companies (CGI, Life, Illumina, nanopore). This plus chip-based DNA synthesis and stem cell engineering resulted in founding additional application-based companies spanning fields of medical diagnostics (Knome, Alacris, AbVitro, Pathogenica) and synthetic biology/therapeutics (Joule, Gen9, Editas, Egenesis, enEvolv, WarpDrive).
He also serves as Director of the National Institutes of Health (NIH) Center for Excellence in Genomic Science at Harvard and has pioneered new privacy, biosafety, environmental, and biosecurity policies. His honors include election to National Academy of Sciences, National Academy of Engineering and Franklin Bower Laureate for Achievement in Science. He has coauthored 370 papers, 60 patents, and one book (Regenesis).