Human Genome Sequencing Center
Baylor College of Medicine
Building 003 Auditorium
Tuesday, March 8, 2005
Dr. Weinstock is co-director of the Human Genome Sequencing Center at Baylor College of Medicine and a professor in the department of molecular and human genetics. He received his Ph.D. from the biology department at MIT and completed postdoctoral training in the biochemistry department at Stanford University Medical School. Following four years at the Frederick Cancer Research Facility, where he headed the DNA Metabolism Section, Laboratory of Genetics and Recombinant DNA, he moved to Houston.
Dr. Weinstock has worked extensively on DNA recombination, repair and gene expression in E.coli. Since 1985, he has also been studying the molecular basis of infectious diseases, studying difficult pathogens using molecular and genomic approaches. In 1988, he began a project to sequence the genome of the Treponema pallidum, a causative agent of syphilis, which was completed in 1998. During this period, he was involved in the rapid growth of the microbial genomics field.
He became co-director of the BCM- Human Genome Sequencing Center in 1998, when acceleration of the NIH Human Genome Project began. Currently his work involves post-sequencing functional genomics and informatics, as well as genome sequencing projects on human, rat, honey bee, cow, and microbes.