Robert H. "Bob" Waterston, an internationally noted scientific leader in gene mapping and DNA sequencing, has been named chair of the UW Department of Genome Sciences. He is expected to start in January of 2003, pending UW Board of Regents approval.
In making the appointment, Paul G. Ramsey, vice president for medical affairs and dean of the UW School of Medicine, announced that Waterston also would hold the William Gates III Endowed Chair in Biomedical Sciences.
"Bob Waterston played a crucial role in the world's first sequencing of the genome of an entire living organism," said Gates, chairman and chief software architect of Microsoft Corporation. "He has a visionary understanding of the revolution that is taking place in the convergence of information technology and bioscience. I am delighted that he is coming to Seattle to lead the Department of Genome Sciences at the University of Washington School of Medicine. The recruitment of Bob Waterston positions our community to be a global leader in genomics." (Full Story)