Carrie L. Byington, MD, is a national leader in pediatrics and infectious disease and serves as Dean of the Texas A&M College of Medicine, Senior Vice President of the Texas A&M University Health Science Center and Vice Chancellor for Health Services at The Texas A&M University System. Dr. Byington joins Texas A&M after a 21-year career at the University of Utah, where she was the H.A. and Edna Benning Presidential Professor of Pediatrics, Vice Dean for Academic Affairs and Faculty Development in the School of Medicine, and Associate Vice President for Faculty and Academic Affairs at the University of Utah Health Sciences Center. Her research has focused primarily on bacterial and viral respiratory pathogens in children. She has received awards from the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, the Association of American Medical Colleges, American Academy of Pediatrics, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, and the National Institutes of Health. Dr. Byington is board certified in both General Pediatrics and Pediatric Infectious Diseases. She received a Bachelor of Science in biology from Texas A&M University and Doctor of Medicine from Baylor College of Medicine.
Gene Myers is a computer scientist and biotechnologist known for the BLAST search engine and the sequencing of the human genome. While at Celera Genomics he advocated whole genome shotgun sequencing and assembled high-quality reconstructions of the fruit fly, human, mouse, and mosquito genomes. In the 80’s Myers invented algorithms for sequence comparison and search including suffix arrays that enable the Burroughs-Wheeler transform used in today’s compact indices for genomic search. In the 90’s he created and perfected the string graph approach to DNA sequencing used at Celera. From 2005 to today, he has focused on the construction of novel microscopes and software for building single cell expression atlases across developmental epochs. Myers has been a professor at U of Arizona and UC Berkeley, a Vice President at Celera Genomics, a Group Leader with Howard Hughes Medical Institute, and currently is a Director of the Max-Planck Society. He is a member of the National Academy of Engineering, USA, the National Academy of Germany, and was awarded the ACM Kannellakis Prize in 2002. Gene received a Bachelor of Science in Mathematics from California Institute of Technology and a PhD in Computer Science from the University of Colorado.
Dr. George Weinstock is a Professor and Director of Microbial Genomics at the Jackson Laboratory for Genomic Medicine where he established a group devoted to genomic studies of infectious diseases and the human microbiome. Prior to joining the Jackson Laboratory, Dr. Weinstock served as Associate Director of The Genome Institute at Washington University in St. Louis. In addition he was Co-Director of the Human Genome Sequencing Center (HGSC), and Professor of Molecular and Human Genetics at Baylor College of Medicine. Dr. Weinstock received his B.S. from the University of Michigan and a Ph.D. from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.
Dr. John W.A. Rossen is a Professor of Medical Microbiology at the University of Groningen in the Netherlands where he currently leads the Personalized Microbiology Research Group which focuses on implementing metagenomics and metatranscriptomics in the clinical setting. He also serves as Head of the Molecular Unit. Under his leadership the group has successfully utilized next generation sequencing to detect and characterize pathogens, reveal new antibiotic resistance mechanisms, prevent infection and improve risk assessment, and to develop novel targeted diagnostic tests. In his 30 years in molecular virology and molecular microbiology, Dr. Rossen has published more than 155 peer reviewed studies. He currently serves as the secretary of the European Society of Clinical Microbiology and Infectious Diseases (ESCMID) study group for genomic and molecular diagnostics and Treasurer of the Dutch Society of Medical Microbiology.