Director, National Institutes of Health
Francis Collins is director of the National Institutes of Health. A physician-geneticist noted for his discoveries of disease genes, he led the international Human Genome Project, which culminated with the completion of a finished sequence of the human DNA instruction book in 2003. Collins was director of the NIH National Human Genome Research Institute from 1993 to 2008. Prior to NIH, he was a Howard Hughes Medical Institute investigator at University of Michigan. He is an elected member of the Institute of Medicine and National Academy of Sciences, was awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom in 2007, and received the National Medal of Science in 2009.