George Church is Professor of Genetics at Harvard Medical School and Director of the Center for Computational Genetics. With degrees from Duke University in Chemistry and Zoology, he co-authored research on 3D-software & RNA structure with Sung-Hou Kim. His PhD from Harvard in Biochemistry & Molecular Biology with Wally Gilbert included the first direct genomic sequencing method in 1984; initiating the Human Genome Project then as a Research Scientist at newly-formed Biogen Inc. and a Monsanto Life Sciences Research Fellow at UCSF with Gail Martin.
He invented the broadly-applied concepts of molecular multiplexing and tags, homologous recombination methods, and array DNA synthesizers. This technology transfer of automated sequencing & software to Genome Therapeutics Corp. resulted in the first commercial genome sequence. Church obtained the first HGP sequencing grant and 3 years later helped found the Stanford, MIT, and CRI Genome Centers.
Church has pioneered technology innovations early in the development of key fields in chemistry and biomedicine with 10 US Patents granted and several pending. As part of technology transfer to the commercial sector he has served on 22 scientific advisory boards, andserved in advisory roles for 12 journals (including Nature Molecular Systems Biology), 5 granting agencies and 24 biotech companies (e.g. 23andme & recently founding Codon Devices, Knome and LS9). His current research focuses on integrating biosystems-modeling with Personal Genomics & synthetic biology.