Richard M. Myers is the President and Science Director at the HudsonAlpha Institute for Biotechnology. He received his Ph.D. in Biochemistry from the University of California Berkeley and has more than 35 years’ experience in studying the regulation of gene expression, human genetics and genomics. He directed the Stanford Human Genome Center, one of the first U.S. human genome centers, pioneering the next generation sequencing techniques that are elemental to the field today. Under Myers’ direction, the Stanford Human Genome Center contributed more than 10% of the data in the public Human Genome Project’s efforts to sequence the human genome. In addition to his role as president and science director, Myers continues to conduct research using genomics tools and genetics to understand how genes interacting with the environment contribute to human diseases and other traits.
Bruce Korf received his doctorate from Cornell University and is the chair of the Department of Genetics in the UAB School of Medicine. His primary research interest is in neurodevelopment and developmental disabilities. The Department of Genetics is comprised of an interdisciplinary group of faculty focused on performing basic laboratory and clinical research, providing inpatient and outpatient consultation services, and offering state-of-the-art genetic diagnostic testing.