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Professor Richard Durbin 

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Senior Research Fellows,

Richard Durbin is the Al Kindi Professor in the Department of Genetics. He received a BA in Mathematics, and a PhD in Biology from Cambridge University. After postdoctoral research in neural networks at Stanford University, he joined the genome project at the MRC Laboratory of Molecular Biology in 1990, then the Wellcome Sanger Institute when it was founded in 1992. His initial focus was in bioinformatics, contributing to the analysis of the human genome sequence and leading the development of biological data resources including Pfam, while also making theoretical and algorithmic contributions to biological sequence analysis. Next he worked on human genetic variation, co-leading the 1000 Genomes Project to produce a deep catalogue of human genetic variation by large scale DNA sequencing. In 2017 he moved to Cambridge University, while staying affiliated with the Sanger Institute as an Associate Faculty member. His current interests are in evolutionary and computational genomics, including supporting efforts to sequence the genomes of all species in the tree of life. He was elected a Fellow of the Royal Society in 2004, a Member of EMBO in 2009 and an International Honorary Member of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences in 2019.

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