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Richard Gibbs, Ph.D.

Director, Baylor College of Medicine Human Genome Sequencing Center

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Other positions

Wofford Cain Chair in Molecular and Human Genetics

Professor, Department of Molecular and Human Genetics

Professor, Programs in Integrative Molecular and Biomedical Sciences and Translational Biology & Molecular Medicine


B.Sc., University of Melbourne, 1979

Ph.D., University of Melbourne, 1985

Postdoc, Baylor College of Medicine, 1990

Awards and honors

2011: Elected to membership in the Institute of Medicine

2001: LSU Chancellor's Distinguished Lectureship

2000: Michael E. DeBakey, M.D., Excellence in Research Award

1988-1989: George R. Sampson Distinguished Research Fellowship, Muscular Dystrophy Association

1987: American Arthritis Foundation, Postdoctoral Fellowship

1986: Muscular Dystrophy Association of America, Postdoctoral Fellowship

Research interests

Richard Gibbs is the Founder and Director of the BCM-HGSC, established at BCM in 1996. The BCM-HGSC has a core mission of advancing medical care through research and translation of genomics. The group was one of the five worldwide sites to undertake and complete the Human Genome Project, culminating in contribution of approximately ten percent of the sequence in 2003. The group subsequently collaborated to sequence many key species (Drosophila melanogaster, the Brown Norway rat, rhesus macaque, bovine, Dictyostelium discoideum, sea urchin and honey bee genomes) and to generate the first comprehensive map of human genetic variation (the HapMap project). The BCM-HGSC now employs more than 180 staff, including eighteen faculty.

Since 2007, new technologies have allowed unprecedented advances in human genetics. The BCM-HGSC pioneered whole exome capture methods and published the first diploid sequence of a human, James Watson. Next we demonstrated the utility of whole genome sequencing for genetic disease discovery and for guiding effective clinical treatments. In 2011, we began deploying these methods into routine clinical practice and now provide full gene sequencing to hundreds of individual patients each month.

Current research within the BCM-HGSC is focused upon the genomics of cancer, heart disease and autism. To achieve this the group is sequencing single human genomes at an increasing rate. New molecular technologies are being developed for the mapping and sequencing, for exploring novel chemistries for DNA tagging, and to enable development of instrumentation for DNA manipulation. The HGSC is also part of the national program for systematic discovery of the cause of human single genome defects and has an active bioinformatics program, with research projects involving biologists and computer scientists. Problems under study focus on developing tools for generating, manipulating, and analyzing genome data.


POGZ truncating alleles cause syndromic intellectual disability., White, Janson, Beck Christine R., Harel Tamar, Posey Jennifer E., Jhangiani Shalini N., Tang Sha, Farwell Kelly D., Powis Zöe, Mendelsohn Nancy J., Baker Janice A., et al. , Genome medicine, 2016, Volume 8, Issue 1, p.3, (2016) Abstract
Unique features of a global human ectoparasite identified through sequencing of the bed bug genome., Benoit, Joshua B., Adelman Zach N., Reinhardt Klaus, Dolan Amanda, Poelchau Monica, Jennings Emily C., Szuter Elise M., Hagan Richard W., Gujar Hemant, Shukla Jayendra Nath, et al. , Nature communications, 2016, Volume 7, p.10165, (2016) Abstract
DNAism: exploring genomic datasets on the web with Horizon Charts., Rio Deiros, David, Gibbs Richard A., and Rogers Jeffrey , BMC bioinformatics, 2016, Volume 17, Issue 1, p.49, (2016) Abstract
An open access pilot freely sharing cancer genomic data from participants in Texas., Becnel, Lauren B., Pereira Stacey, Drummond Jennifer A., Gingras Marie-Claude, Covington Kyle R., Kovar Christie L., Doddapaneni Harshavardhan, Hu Jianhong, Muzny Donna, McGuire Amy L., et al. , Scientific data, 2016, Volume 3, p.160010, (2016) Abstract
Mutations in the nuclear bile acid receptor FXR cause progressive familial intrahepatic cholestasis., Gomez-Ospina, Natalia, Potter Carol J., Xiao Rui, Manickam Kandamurugu, Kim Mi-Sun, Kim Kang Ho, Shneider Benjamin L., Picarsic Jennifer L., Jacobson Theodora A., Zhang Jing, et al. , Nature communications, 2016, Volume 7, p.10713, (2016) Abstract
Association of the IGF1 gene with fasting insulin levels., Willems, Sara M., Cornes Belinda K., Brody Jennifer A., Morrison Alanna C., Lipovich Leonard, Dauriz Marco, Chen Yuning, Liu Ching-Ti, Rybin Denis V., Gibbs Richard A., et al. , European journal of human genetics : EJHG, 2016 Feb 10, (2016) Abstract
Genomic analyses identify molecular subtypes of pancreatic cancer., Bailey, Peter, Chang David K., Nones Katia, Johns Amber L., Patch Ann-Marie, Gingras Marie-Claude, Miller David K., Christ Angelika N., Bruxner Tim J. C., Quinn Michael C., et al. , Nature, 2016 Feb 24, (2016) Abstract
Hutterite-type cataract maps to chromosome 6p21.32-p21.31, cosegregates with a homozygous mutation in LEMD2, and is associated with sudden cardiac death., Boone, Philip M., Yuan Bo, Gu Shen, Ma Zhiwei, Gambin Tomasz, Gonzaga-Jauregui Claudia, Jain Mahim, Murdock Todd J., White Janson J., Jhangiani Shalini N., et al. , Molecular genetics & genomic medicine, 2016 Jan, Volume 4, Issue 1, p.77-94, (2016) Abstract
Ampullary Cancers Harbor the Tumor Suppressor Gene ELF3 and Exhibit Frequent WNT Dysregulation., Gingras, Marie-Claude, Covington Kyle R., Chang David K., Donehower Lawrence A., Gill Anthony J., Ittmann Michael M., Creighton Chad J., Johns Amber L., Shinbrot Eve, Dewal Ninad, et al. , Cell reports, 2016 Jan 19, (2016) Abstract
Recurrent Muscle Weakness with Rhabdomyolysis, Metabolic Crises, and Cardiac Arrhythmia due to Bi-allelic TANGO2 Mutations., Lalani, Seema R., Liu Pengfei, Rosenfeld Jill A., Watkin Levi B., Chiang Theodore, Leduc Magalie S., Zhu Wenmiao, Ding Yan, Pan Shujuan, Vetrini Francesco, et al. , American journal of human genetics, 2016 Jan 19, (2016) Abstract
Diagnostic Yield of Clinical Tumor and Germline Whole-Exome Sequencing for Children With Solid Tumors., Parsons, Williams D., Roy Angshumoy, Yang Yaping, Wang Tao, Scollon Sarah, Bergstrom Katie, Kerstein Robin A., Gutierrez Stephanie, Petersen Andrea K., Bavle Abhishek, et al. , JAMA oncology, 2016 Jan 28, (2016) Abstract
Population genomic analysis of 962 whole genome sequences of humans reveals natural selection in non-coding regions., Yu, Fuli, Lu Jian, Liu Xiaoming, Gazave Elodie, Chang Diana, Raj Srilakshmi, Hunter-Zinck Haley, Blekhman Ran, Arbiza Leonardo, Van Hout Cris, et al. , PloS one, 2015, Volume 10, Issue 3, p.e0121644, (2015) Abstract
16S gut community of the Cameron County Hispanic Cohort., Ross, Matthew C., Muzny Donna M., McCormick Joseph B., Gibbs Richard A., Fisher-Hoch Susan P., and Petrosino Joseph F. , Microbiome, 2015, Volume 3, p.7, (2015) Abstract
Targeted sequencing in chromosome 17q linkage region identifies familial glioma candidates in the Gliogene Consortium., Jalali, Ali, Amirian Susan E., Bainbridge Matthew N., Armstrong Georgina N., Liu Yanhong, Tsavachidis Spyros, Jhangiani Shalini N., Plon Sharon E., Lau Ching C., Claus Elizabeth B., et al. , Scientific reports, 2015, Volume 5, p.8278, (2015) Abstract
Low-frequency and rare exome chip variants associate with fasting glucose and type 2 diabetes susceptibility., Wessel, Jennifer, Chu Audrey Y., Willems Sara M., Wang Shuai, Yaghootkar Hanieh, Brody Jennifer A., Dauriz Marco, Hivert Marie-France, Raghavan Sridharan, Lipovich Leonard, et al. , Nature communications, 2015, Volume 6, p.5897, (2015) Abstract
PacBio-LITS: a large-insert targeted sequencing method for characterization of human disease-associated chromosomal structural variations., Wang, Min, Beck Christine R., English Adam C., Meng Qingchang, Buhay Christian, Han Yi, Doddapaneni Harsha V., Yu Fuli, Boerwinkle Eric, Lupski James R., et al. , BMC genomics, 2015, Volume 16, Issue 1, p.214, (2015) Abstract
Lucilia cuprina genome unlocks parasitic fly biology to underpin future interventions., Anstead, Clare A., Korhonen Pasi K., Young Neil D., Hall Ross S., Jex Aaron R., Murali Shwetha C., Hughes Daniel S. T., Lee Siu F., Perry Trent, Stroehlein Andreas J., et al. , Nature communications, 2015, Volume 6, p.7344, (2015) Abstract
Structure and function of the healthy pre-adolescent pediatric gut microbiome., Hollister, Emily B., Riehle Kevin, Luna Ruth Ann, Weidler Erica M., Rubio-Gonzales Michelle, Mistretta Toni-Ann, Raza Sabeen, Doddapaneni Harsha V., Metcalf Ginger A., Muzny Donna M., et al. , Microbiome, 2015, Volume 3, p.36, (2015) Abstract
High-Quality Draft Genome Sequence of Francisella tularensis subsp. holarctica Strain OR96-0246., Atkins, L. M., Holder M. E., Ajami N. J., Metcalf G. A., Weissenberger G. M., Wang M., Vee V., Han Y., Muzny D. M., Gibbs R. A., et al. , Genome announcements, 2015, Volume 3, Issue 4, (2015) Abstract
FBN1 contributing to familial congenital diaphragmatic hernia., Beck, Tyler F., Campeau Philippe M., Jhangiani Shalini N., Gambin Tomasz, Li Alexander H., Abo-Zahrah Reem, Jordan Valerie K., Hernandez-Garcia Andres, Wiszniewski Wojciech K., Muzny Donna, et al. , American journal of medical genetics. Part A, 2015 Apr, Volume 167, Issue 4, p.831-6, (2015) Abstract
Assessing structural variation in a personal genome-towards a human reference diploid genome., English, Adam C., Salerno William J., Hampton Oliver A., Gonzaga-Jauregui Claudia, Ambreth Shruthi, Ritter Deborah I., Beck Christine R., Davis Caleb F., Dahdouli Mahmoud, Ma Singer, et al. , BMC genomics, 2015 Apr 11, Volume 16, Issue 1, p.286, (2015) Abstract
Comparison and integration of deleteriousness prediction methods for nonsynonymous SNVs in whole exome sequencing studies., Dong, Chengliang, Wei Peng, Jian Xueqiu, Gibbs Richard, Boerwinkle Eric, Wang Kai, and Liu Xiaoming , Human molecular genetics, 2015 Apr 15, Volume 24, Issue 8, p.2125-37, (2015) Abstract
Exome sequencing reveals homozygous TRIM2 mutation in a patient with early onset CMT and bilateral vocal cord paralysis., Pehlivan, Davut, Akdemir Zeynep Coban, Karaca Ender, Bayram Yavuz, Jhangiani Shalini, Yildiz Edibe Pembegul, Muzny Donna, Uluc Kayihan, Gibbs Richard A., Elcioglu Nursel, et al. , Human genetics, 2015 Apr 17, (2015) Abstract
Adult presentation of X-linked Conradi-Hünermann-Happle syndrome., Posey, Jennifer E., Burrage Lindsay C., Campeau Philippe M., Lu James T., Eble Tanya N., Kratz Lisa, Schlesinger Alan E., Gibbs Richard A., Lee Brendan H., and Nagamani Sandesh C. S. , American journal of medical genetics. Part A, 2015 Apr 2, (2015) Abstract
COPA mutations impair ER-Golgi transport and cause hereditary autoimmune-mediated lung disease and arthritis., Watkin, Levi B., Jessen Birthe, Wiszniewski Wojciech, Vece Timothy J., Jan Max, Sha Youbao, Thamsen Maike, Santos-Cortez Regie L. P., Lee Kwanghyuk, Gambin Tomasz, et al. , Nature genetics, 2015 Apr 20, (2015) Abstract

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