IGSP Faculty

Huntington F. Willard, PhD

Huntington F. Willard, PhD

Director, Duke Institute for Genome Sciences & Policy

To me, it is the overall synthesis that remains the most challenging experiment yet to be done, trying to understand how we go from chromosome and genome sequences to the underlying biology of the cell.

Dr. Willard was appointed the first Director of the Institute for Genome Sciences & Policy at Duke University in December, 2002. He is also the Nanaline H. Duke Professor of Genome Sciences, with appointments in the Department of Molecular Genetics and Microbiology and the Department of Biology.

Prior to coming to Duke University, he held faculty positions at the University of Toronto, Stanford University and Case Western Reserve University, and was Chairman of the Department of Genetics at Case Western Reserve University from 1992 to 2001. He was Director and President of the Research Institute of University Hospitals of Cleveland from 1999 until moving to Duke. He has served in elected leadership positions for the American Society of Human Genetics (President in 2001), the Association of Professors of Human/Medical Genetics, and the Human Genome Organization. He is a former member and chair of the Mental Retardation and Developmental Disabilities Research Committee, former chair of the Mammalian Genetics study section at the National Institutes of Health and a former member of the Advisory Committee on Genetics, Health and Society for the Secretary of the Department of Health and Human Services.

Dr. Willard has also served on review boards for the Howard Hughes Medical Institute, the Simons Foundation, and the March of Dimes Birth Defects Foundation, as well as on Scientific Advisory Boards for several biotechnology companies, health systems, and independent research institutes. He has served on the editorial boards of numerous scientific journals and was co-founder of Human Molecular Genetics. Dr. Willard has been the author or co-author of over 300 scientific publications. He is also co-author of Genetics in Medicine, a widely used textbook, now in its seventh edition.

Dr. Willard's scholarly interests include the genome sciences and their broad implications for biology, medicine and society.

Learn more about Dr. Willard's research in GenomeLIFE

Recent Publications

Esperanto for histones: CENP-A, not CenH3, is the centromeric histone H3 variant.

Earnshaw WC, Allshire RC, Black BE, Bloom K, Brinkley BR, Brown W, Cheeseman IM, Choo KH, Copenhaver GP, Deluca JG, Desai A, Diekmann S, Erhardt S, Fitzgerald-Hayes M, Foltz D, Fukagawa T, Gassmann R, Gerlich DW, Glover DM, Gorbsky GJ, Harrison SC, Heun P, Hirota T, Jansen LE, Karpen G, Kops GJ, Lampson MA, Lens SM, Losada A, Luger K, Maiato H, Maddox PS, Margolis RL, Masumoto H, McAinsh AD, Mellone BG, Meraldi P, Musacchio A, Oegema K, O'Neill RJ, Salmon ED, Scott KC, Straight AF, Stukenberg PT, Sullivan BA, Sullivan KF, Sunkel CE, Swedlow JR, Walczak CE, Warburton PE, Westermann S, Willard HF, Wordeman L, Yanagida M, Yen TJ, Yoda K, Cleveland DW, Chromosome Res. 2013 Apr 12;. Abstract