Timely Topics Lecture 2024

Creating the Fourth Chapter of Human Genomics

Tuesday, March 26, 2024   4:30 – 5:50 PM

Ballroom (400 Level)

Eric Green, MD, PhD

Director, National Human Genome Research Institute

Course Description

The coming decade offers great promise for the field of human genomics.

The growing insights gained from early studies of DNA and, in particular, the molecular biology revolution laid the foundation for the launch of the Human Genome Project over three decades ago. Since then, genomics has become progressively entrenched within the bedrock of the biomedical research enterprise.

Capitalizing on the momentum of the project’s successful completion in 2003, the field of genomics has since expanded and matured substantially, such that genomics is now central and catalytic in basic and translational research, and studies increasingly demonstrate the vital role that genomic information can play in clinical care.

Looking ahead, the anticipated advances in technologies, biological insights, and clinical applications (among others) will lead to more widespread dissemination of genomics throughout biomedical research, a growing adoption of genomics into medical and public-health practices, and an increasing relevance of genomics in everyday life. To capitalize on these opportunities, the National Human Genome Research Institute is working to develop and implement new programs and initiatives that will help create the latest chapter in human genomics, with a particular emphasis on making genomics broadly and equitably integrated in medicine.   


Dr. Eric Green is the director of the National Human Genome Research Institute (NHGRI) at the U.S. National Institutes of Health (NIH). He is the third NHGRI director, having been appointed by NIH director Dr. Francis Collins in 2009.

Dr. Green has been at the Institute for more than 25 years, during which he has had multiple key leadership roles. He served as the Institute’s scientific director for 7 years, chief of the NHGRI Genome Technology Branch for 13 years, and founding director of the NIH Intramural Sequencing Center for 12 years.

For just over two decades, Dr. Green directed an independent research program that included integral start-to-finish roles in the Human Genome Project and groundbreaking work on mapping, sequencing, and characterizing mammalian genomes.

Dr. Green earned his M.D. and Ph.D. degrees in 1987 from Washington University in St. Louis; coincidentally, the word “genomics” was coined in that same year. During his career, Dr. Green has authored and co-authored over 385 scientific publications.