Francis Sellers Collins (born April 14, 1950) is an American physician-geneticist. He is known for his discoveries of disease genes and his leadership of the Human Genome Project. He is director of the National Institutes of Health (NIH) in Bethesda, Maryland since 2009.
|Director of the National Institutes of Health|
|Assumed office |
August 7, 2009
|Preceded by||Elias Zerhouni|
Francis Sellers Collins
April 14, 1950
Staunton, Virginia, U.S.
|Alma mater||University of Virginia|
University of North Carolina,
|Website||Office of the Director|
|Thesis||Semiclassical theory of vibrationally inelastic scattering, with application to H+ and H2 (1974)|
|Doctoral advisor||Jim Cross|
Before being appointed director of the NIH, Collins led the Human Genome Project and other genomics research initiatives as director of the National Human Genome Research Institute (NHGRI), one of the 27 institutes and centers at NIH.
Before joining NHGRI, he earned a reputation as a gene hunter at the University of Michigan. He has been elected to the Institute of Medicine and the National Academy of Sciences, and has received the Presidential Medal of Freedom and the National Medal of Science.
- to the thesis: Francis Collins Video at YouTube
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