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Francis Collins

Acting Science Advisor to the President; Acting Co-Chair, President’s Council of Advisors on Science and Technology

Francis Collins currently serves as acting science advisor to President Biden, steering the administration’s plans to advance scientific solutions to humanity’s needs, especially for health issues. Collins was director of the National Institutes of Health under three administrations from 2009 through 2021. A physician-geneticist noted for landmark discoveries of disease genes, he previously 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 National Human Genome Research Institute, where he continues as a senior investigator pursuing genomics research on type 2 diabetes and a rare disorder of premature aging called progeria. Collins was awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom and the National Medal of Science.

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