George M. Church, Ph.D. (He/ Him/ His)

George M. Church, Ph.D. (He/ Him/ His)

Robert Winthrop Professor of Genetics, & Health Sciences & Technology, Harvard Medical School/ MIT
Director of HMS NHGRI-Center of Excellence in Genomic Science, Director of Personal Genome Project
Broad Institute & Wyss Harvard Institute of Biologically Inspired Engineering

Pursuing "Next generation" DNA sequencing methods and chip-DNA-synthesis, gene editing and stem cell engineering.

Our research focuses on new technologies for DNA, RNA, protein measurement and synthesis and modeling of biomedical & ecological systems – in particular, personal genomics and biofuels. We have developed next-generation sequencing methods to analyze the output of combinatorial selections as well as comprehensive gene-environment-trait data for affordable personalized medicine. We reprogram human skin-derived pluripotent skin cells to connect cis-regulatory motif variants in populations to allele-specific and cell-type-specific RNA measures and further to causal effects on cell and larger-scale morphologies. We are developing tools for connecting functional microbiomics with (VDJ-ome) immune responses.

Current Lab Members:
15 Graduate Students
40 Postdoctoral Fellows

Selected Publications:

Dantas, G., Sommer, M.O., Oluwasegun, R.D., and Church, G.M.  (2008)  Bacteria Subsisting on Antibiotics. Science 320(5872):100-3.

Bang, D., and Church, G.M.  (2008)  Gene Synthesis by Circular Assembly Amplification.  Nature Methods 5(1):37-9.

Kim, J.B., Porreca, G.J., Gorham, J.M., Church, G.M., Seidman, C.E., and Seidman, J.G.  (2007)  Polony Multiplex Analysis of Gene Expression (PMAGE) in a Mouse Model of Hypertrophic Cardiomyopathy. Science 316(5830):1481-4.

Bakal, C., Aach, J., Church, G.M., and Perrimon, N. (2007)  Defining the Components Of Local Signaling Networks That Regulate Cell Morphology Using Quantitative Morphological Signatures. Science 316(5832):1753-6.


Profile Photograph Credit:  Wyss Institute at Harvard University


Contact Information

Harvard Medical School
Department of Genetics
New Research Building, Room 238
77 Avenue Louis Pasteur
Boston, MA 02115
p: 617 432-1278

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