|Citizenship United States|
Nationality United States
|Name Richard Myers|
|Born March 24, 1954 (age 61)
Selma, Alabama (1954-03-24) |
Institutions HudsonAlpha Institute for Biotechnology
Alma mater University of Alabama (BS in Biochemistry) University of California at Berkeley (PhD in biochemistry)
Residence Huntsville, Alabama, United States
Education University of California, Berkeley, University of Alabama
Similar People William E Bunney, Huda Akil, Len A Pennacchio
Richard M. Myers (born March 24, 1954) is an American geneticist and biochemist. He is President and Science Director of the HudsonAlpha Institute for Biotechnology. He was previously the chair of the department of genetics at Stanford University and director of the Stanford Human Genome Center.
- Early life and education
- Human Genome Project
- HudsonAlpha and the Myers Lab
- Honors and awards
Myers' genome center contributed approximately 10 percent of the data in the Human Genome Project's efforts to sequence the human genome. His research focuses on human genetics and genomics and their interaction with inherited diseases.
Early life and education
A native of Tuscaloosa, Alabama, Myers attended college at the University of Alabama where he earned his bachelor's degree in biochemistry. He later went on to earn his Ph.D. in biochemistry from the University of California at Berkeley. Myers continued his work in California when he joined the faculty of the University of California at San Francisco and moved on to the Stanford University School of Medicine.
Human Genome Project
During his time at Stanford, Myers was professor and chair of the Department of Genetics and director of the Stanford Human Genome Center, one of the first U.S. human genome centers. Myers led the center to contribute more than 10 percent of the data in the Human Genome Project.
HudsonAlpha and the Myers Lab
Biotech visionaries James R. Hudson, Jr. and Lonnie S. McMillian founded HudsonAlpha in 2008. Former Governor of Alabama Bob Riley, announced in 2007 that Myers would lead the institute as president and science director.
The Myers lab is composed of students, postdocs, technicians and senior scientists who are interested in how variation in our genomes contribute to human traits and disease. The lab measures this variation by developing and applying very high-throughput sequencing and analysis technologies. Current projects include pancreatic cancer, breast cancer, ENCODE, neurological disorders and nuclear receptors in gene regulation.