Dr. Collins graduated from the UNC School of Medicine in 1977 and is most known for being a leader in genetic research. His research on cloning DNA fragments led to his being named director of the National Human Genome Research Institute, and he was a prominent leader in the Human Genome Project, which is considered one of the most significant scientific accomplishments of our time. Currently, Dr. Collins serves as director of the National Institutes of Health, a role he filled in 2009 after being nominated by President Barack Obama. His research has led to the identification of genetic variants associated with type 2 diabetes and the genes responsible for cystic fibrosis, neurofibromatosis, Huntington’s disease and Hutchinson-Gilford progeria syndrome.
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