Faculty Investigator, Director, and President
Dr. Richard Myers received his B.S. in biochemistry from the University of Alabama in Tuscaloosa in 1977, his Ph.D. in biochemistry from the University of California at Berkeley with Robert Tjian and performed postdoctoral work at Harvard University with Tom Maniatis. He began his first faculty position at the University of California at San Francisco in 1986 and moved his laboratory to Stanford University’s Department of Genetics in 1993. At Stanford, he was chair of the department of genetics and director of the Stanford Human Genome Center until he moved to HudsonAlpha in July 2008.
Dr. Myers’s research program is focused on human genetics and genomics. Work in his laboratory has led to the identification of genes involved in several inherited diseases, and his genome center contributed more than 10 percent of the data in the public Human Genome Project’s efforts to sequence the human genome. His lab continues to use genomics tools and genetics to understand how genes interacting with the environment contribute to human diseases and other traits.
Dr. Myers has directed a number of teaching activities, from the primary level through the junior college level, as well as for a number of lay groups; these include lectures, organized tours of his genome center, laboratory exercises and curriculum development. He is particularly interested in increasing and nurturing diversity in the scientific community and has been active in several programs involved with under-represented groups at the graduate school level and earlier.
Dr. Myers has won several awards, including the Pritzker Award and an honorary doctorate of humane letters from the University of Alabama. He currently serves on a number of advisory panels and editorial boards, including the Advisory Council, the HapMap Advisory Committee and the Review Group for Large-scale DNA Sequencing Centers of the National Human Genome Research Institute, as well as the Biology and Biotechnology Program Advisory Committee for the U.S. Department of Energy. He is an editor of Genome Research and reviews manuscripts for a variety of other journals.