Francis Collins

American geneticist and director of the National Institutes of Health

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 was the director of the National Institutes of Health (NIH) in Bethesda, Maryland from 2009 until 2021.[1] In 2022, Collins became the Acting Science Advisor to the President during the Joe Biden administration.

Francis Collins
Science Advisor to the President
Acting
In office
February 18, 2022 – October 3, 2022
PresidentJoe Biden
Preceded byEric Lander
Succeeded byArati Prabhakar
16th Director of the National Institutes of Health
In office
August 17, 2009 – December 19, 2021
PresidentBarack Obama
Donald Trump
Joe Biden
DeputyLawrence A. Tabak
Preceded byRaynard S. Kington (Acting)
Succeeded byLawrence A. Tabak (Acting)
2nd Director of the National Human Genome Research Institute
In office
April 1993 – August 1, 2008
PresidentBill Clinton
George W. Bush
Preceded byMichael Gottesman (Acting)
Succeeded byAlan Guttmacher (Acting)
Personal details
Born
Francis Sellers Collins

(1950-04-14) April 14, 1950 (age 74)
Staunton, Virginia, U.S.
Spouse(s)Diane Baker
EducationUniversity of Virginia (BS)
Yale University (MS, PhD)
University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill (MD)
Scientific career
FieldsMolecular genetics
Institutions
ThesisSemiclassical theory of vibrationally inelastic scattering, with application to H+ + H₂ (1974)
Doctoral advisorJames 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.

References

change
  1. "Francis Collins to step down as director of the National Institutes of Health". National Institutes of Health (NIH). 2021-10-04. Retrieved 2021-10-05.

Other websites

change

  Media related to Francis Collins at Wikimedia Commons   Quotations related to Francis Collins at Wikiquote