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David Altshuler, M.D., PhD
Affiliate Member, Whitehead Institute
Altshuler is a member of the Whitehead Institute, as well as a practicing endocrinologist at Massachusetts General Hospital. His research led to the discovery of a single nucleotide polymorphism in a gene that is implicated in type 2 diabetes. He is now involved with creating a haplotype map of the human genome.

James Carrington, PhD
Director, Center for Gene Research and Biotechnology
Director of the Oregon State University's Center for Gene Research and Biotechnology. Carrington's lab conducts research on how viruses and host plants interact, using the model organism Arabidopsis . He uses genetic, genomic, and proteomic strategies to understand RNA silencing pathways, virus recognition events, and cellular targets for various RNA silencing suppressors. Carrington's research in RNA silencing has been included in the 2002 scientific "Breakthrough of the Year" in the journal Science . The magazine cited a body of work being done by several research groups across the nation on small RNA molecules, calling them "electrifying discoveries, which are prompting biologists to overhaul their vision of the cell and its evolution."

Jonathan Eisen, PhD
Assistant Investigator, The Institute for Genomic Research
Investigator at the Institute for Genomic Research (TIGR). His research interests include DNA repair, extremophiles, and phyogenomics.

Eric S. Lander, PhD
Director, Whitehead Center for Genomic Research and Professor of Biology, MIT.
Lander has been one of the principal leaders of the Human Genome Project. As the director of the Whitehead Center for Genomics, Lander has helped to build a series of maps that show the basic layout of the human and mouse genomes. He has published more than 240 original research articles in mathematics, economics, and biology in peer-reviewed journals such as Science, Nature, Cell, Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, and The American Journal of Human Genetics. He has also written a book entitled Calculating the Secrets of Life.


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