Francis Collins

Dr. Francis Collins, Director of the NIH

Francis Collins, M.D., Ph.D., was the Director of the National Institutes of Health (NIH) from 2009-2021. In that role, he oversaw the work of the largest supporter of biomedical research in the world, spanning the spectrum from basic to clinical research. Dr. Collins is also a physician-geneticist noted for his landmark discoveries of disease genes and his leadership of the international Human Genome Project, which culminated in April 2003 with the completion of a finished sequence of the human DNA instruction book. He continues his genetics research as an IRP senior investigator leading the Center for Precision Health Research at NIH's National Human Genome Research Institute (NHGRI).

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