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Name  Karen Nelson

Karen E. Nelson JCVI Karen E Nelson PhD Named Director of J Craig Venter

Alma mater  University of the West IndiesCornell University

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Dr. Karen Nelson is a Jamaican-born American microbiologist, who is the current president of the J. Craig Venter Institute (JCVI).


She was educated at the University of the West Indies and earned a Ph.D. from Cornell University.

Dr. Nelson is noted for her research on Thermotoga maritima at The Institute for Genomic Research (TIGR) which resulted in the publication of the genome of that bacterium, and which demonstrated the existence of horizontal gene transfer. Dr. Nelson is also known for her work in human microbiome research. Her team published the first human microbiome study in 2006.

Dr. Nelson was appointed president of JCVI in 2012 after serving as the director of its Rockville Campus since 2010. Her current research focuses on interactions between human microbiomes and various diseases. She has published more than 170 peer-reviewed papers in the field. Scientific American named Dr. Nelson as one of biotechnology's "leading lights" in its 2015 "The Worldview 100."

Boards and panels

  • Editor in Chief, Microbial Ecology
  • Editor in Chief, Advances in Microbial Ecology
  • Editorial Board Member, BMC Genomics
  • Editorial Board Member, Giga Science
  • Editorial Board Member, Central European Journal of Biology
  • Board Member, Board on Life Sciences, National Academy of Sciences
  • Member, Standing Committee on Support to the DoD's Programs to Counter Biological Threats, National Research Council
  • Professional organizations

  • American Society for Microbiology
  • Honors and awards

  • Helmholtz International Fellow Award
  • Fellow, American Society for Microbiology
  • ARCS Scientist of the Year (2017)
  • Elected Member, National Academy of Sciences
  • References

    Karen E. Nelson Wikipedia