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National Human Genome Research Institute

Jeffery Schloss


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Dr. Jeffery A. Schloss is Program Director for Technology Development Coordination in the Division of Extramural Research at the National Human Genome Research Institute (NHGRI), a component of the National Institutes of Health (NIH). At NHGRI, he manages a grants program in technology development for DNA sequencing and single nucleotide polymorphism (SNP) scoring, and serves the NHGRI Division of Extramural Research and Office of the Director as a resource on genome technology development issues. He led the team that launched, and continues to coordinate, the Centers of Excellence in Genomic Science, and initiated a program to foster effective collaborations to validate new sequencing technologies for use in high-throughput laboratories. He manages the institute’s program to develop technologies with which to sequence an entire human genome for $1000. He previously served the NHGRI as program director for large-scale genetic mapping, physical mapping, and DNA sequencing projects. Dr. Schloss represents NHGRI on the NIH Bioengineering Consortium, BECON, established in 1997 to foster support for bioengineering research. Dr. Schloss served as the chair of BECON from 2001 to 2004. Among his numerous BECON activities, he co-organized the BECON 2000 symposium on nanotechnology in biomedicine. He represents the NIH on the National Science and Technology Council’s (NSTC) subcommittee on Nanoscale Science, Engineering and Technology (NSET), planning for the National Nanotechnology Initiative. He also co-chairs the Trans-NIH Nano Task Force and the NIH Nanomedicine Roadmap Initiative working group. Dr. Schloss has worked with local high school students, teaching about DNA sequencing and the ethical and societal implications of Human Genome Project. Prior to coming to the NIH, Dr. Schloss served on the biology faculty at the University of Kentucky. He earned the B.S. degree with honors from Case Western Reserve University, the PhD in Cell Biology from Carnegie-Mellon University, and conducted postdoctoral research at Yale University. Dr. Schloss's research in cell and molecular biology included the study of non-muscle cell motility and regulation of mRNA expression.

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