People - Leadership

The Institute for Genome Sciences is led by preeminent scientists, who have pioneered the fields of microbial genomics and bioinformatics and who are trailblazers in innovative, multi-disciplinary research initiatives.

Claire M. Fraser, Ph.D.



Dean E. Albert Reece Endowed Professor,

Director, Institute for Genome Sciences,

Professor of Medicine and Microbiology and Immunology, University of Maryland School of Medicine

Claire Fraser is a globally recognized scientist - pioneering the field of microbial genomics and the application of large-scale DNA sequencing and analysis to the study of the microbial world. Dr. Fraser and her colleagues decoded and analyzed genomes of disease-causing bacteria that cause anthrax, Lyme disease, syphilis, tuberculosis, cholera, meningitis, pneumonia, and ulcers.

Jacques Ravel, Ph.D.


Interim Director, Institute for Genome Sciences

Associate Director, Genomics,

Professor, Microbiology and Immunology, University of Maryland School of Medicine

Dr. Ravel is a lead investigator on human microbiome studies and has expertise in microbial genomics and microbial forensics. His research focuses on the application of microbial genomics to three main topics: exploring the interaction between the human microbiome and its host, microbial genome sequence comparative analyses and chemical genomics. More information about Dr. Ravel's research can be found at

Owen R. White, Ph.D.


Associate Director, Institute for Genome Sciences

Co-Director, Center for Health-related Informatics and Bioimaging,

Professor, Epidemiology and Public Health, University of Maryland School of Medicine

A critical product of Dr. White's research is to engage other researchers in large-scale interoperation, for annotation, ontology development and data sharing. NIH has selected Dr. White as the lead scientist for the Human Microbiome Project's central data repository or the Data Analysis and Coordination Center (known as the HMP DACC).

Appointment, Promotion & Tenure (APT) Committee

Claire M. Fraser Ph.D. Director
Jacques Ravel Ph.D. Interim Director
Owen White Ph.D. Associate Director
Center Directors
Alexander Galea Institute Administrator
Genomics Resource Center
Luke Tallon Scientific Director, GRC
Lisa DeShong Sadzewicz, Ph.D. Administrative Director, GRC
Informatics Resource Center
Owen White Ph.D. Director, Bioinformatics
Anup Mahurkar Executive Director, Software Engineering & IT
Michelle Gwinn-Giglio Ph.D. Associate Director, Analysis