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Human Genome: A Public Forum at UCSC


Eugene W. Myers, Ph.D.
Vice President, Informatics Research,
Celera Genomics

Eugene W. Myers, Ph.D., was named vice president, informatics research, at Celera Genomics in 2000. Myers is responsible for developing the sophisticated informatics programs instrumental in enabling Celera to sequence the complete human genome and other genomes of scientific interest.

Myers joined Celera in 1998 as senior director, informatics research. Prior to joining Celera, Myers had focused much of his attention on writing algorithms for the central combinatorial problems involved in sequencing and analyzing DNA. As a professor of computer science at the University of Arizona since 1981, he developed or co-developed several state-of-the-art bioinformatics tools, including BLAST, a database search tool for finding similar proteins. Before his tenure at the University of Arizona, Myers held research positions at the University of Colorado.

Myers received his bachelor's degree in mathematics in 1975 from California Institute of Technology and his Ph.D. in computer science from the University of Colorado in 1981. He has developed several other widely used informatics tools, including FAKtory, for DNA sequencing, and Anrep, a pattern-matching language for applications in molecular biology. He is an associate editor of the Journal of Computational Biology and an editor of Bioinformatics. He has published more than 80 articles and serves on the Board of Directors of the International Society for Computational Biology.



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