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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.


Identifying gene disruptions in novel balanced de novo constitutional translocations in childhood cancer patients by whole-genome sequencing., Ritter, Deborah I., Haines Katherine, Cheung Hannah, Davis Caleb F., Lau Ching C., Berg Jonathan S., Brown Chester W., Thompson Patrick A., Gibbs Richard, Wheeler David A., et al. , Genetics in medicine : official journal of the American College of Medical Genetics, 2015 Jan 8, (2015) Abstract
The Genetic Basis of Mendelian Phenotypes: Discoveries, Challenges, and Opportunities., Chong, Jessica X., Buckingham Kati J., Jhangiani Shalini N., Boehm Corinne, Sobreira Nara, Smith Joshua D., Harrell Tanya M., McMillin Margaret J., Wiszniewski Wojciech, Gambin Tomasz, et al. , American journal of human genetics, 2015 Jul 8, (2015) Abstract
Genomic Signatures of Cooperation and Conflict in the Social Amoeba., Ostrowski, Elizabeth A., Shen Yufeng, Tian Xiangjun, Sucgang Richard, Jiang Huaiyang, Qu Jiaxin, Katoh-Kurasawa Mariko, Brock Debra A., Dinh Christopher, Lara-Garduno Fremiet, et al. , Current biology : CB, 2015 Jun 15, Volume 25, Issue 12, p.1661-5, (2015) Abstract
Convergent evolution of the genomes of marine mammals., Foote, Andrew D., Liu Yue, Thomas Gregg W. C., Vinař Tomáš, Alföldi Jessica, Deng Jixin, Dugan Shannon, van Elk Cornelis E., Hunter Margaret E., Joshi Vandita, et al. , Nature genetics, 2015 Mar, Volume 47, Issue 3, p.272-5, (2015) Abstract
Homozygous loss-of-function mutations in SOHLH1 in patients with non-syndromic hypergonadotropic hypogonadism., Bayram, Yavuz, Gulsuner Suleyman, Guran Tulay, Abaci Ayhan, Yesil Gozde, Gulsuner Hilal Unal, Atay Zeynep, Pierce Sarah B., Gambin Tomasz, Lee Ming, et al. , The Journal of clinical endocrinology and metabolism, 2015 Mar 16, p.jc20151150, (2015) Abstract
DVL1 Frameshift Mutations Clustering in the Penultimate Exon Cause Autosomal-Dominant Robinow Syndrome., White, Janson, Mazzeu Juliana F., Hoischen Alexander, Jhangiani Shalini N., Gambin Tomasz, Alcino Michele Calijorne, Penney Samantha, Saraiva Jorge M., Hove Hanne, Skovby Flemming, et al. , American journal of human genetics, 2015 Mar 25, (2015) Abstract
Loss of Function Mutations in NNT Are Associated with Left Ventricular Noncompaction., Bainbridge, Matthew N., Davis Erica E., Choi Wen-Yee, Dickson Amy, Martinez Hugo R., Wang Min, Dinh Huyen, Muzny Donna, Pignatelli Ricardo, Katsanis Nicholas, et al. , Circulation. Cardiovascular genetics, 2015 May 29, (2015) Abstract
New syndrome with retinitis pigmentosa is caused by nonsense mutations in retinol dehydrogenase RDH11, Xie, Y., Lee W., Cai C., Gambin T., Noupuu K., Sujirakul T., Ayuso C., Jhangiani S., Muzny D., Boerwinkle E., et al. , Human Molecular Genetics, (2014)
Association of exome sequences with plasma C-reactive protein levels in >9000 participants, Schick, U. M., Auer P. L., Bis J. C., Lin H., Wei P., Pankratz N., Lange L. A., Brody J., Stitziel N. O., Kim D. S., et al. , Human Molecular Genetics, (2014)
Draft genome sequences and description of Lactobacillus rhamnosus strains L31, L34, and L35, Boonma, Prapaporn, Spinler Jennifer K., Qin Xiang, Jittaprasatsin Chutima, Muzny Donna M., Doddapaneni Harsha, Gibbs Richard, Petrosino Joe, Tumwasorn Somying, and Versalovic James , Standards in Genomic Sciences, 02/2014, Volume 9, Issue 3, p.744 - 754, (2014)
Mutations in NGLY1 cause an inherited disorder of the endoplasmic reticulum–associated degradation pathway, Enns, Gregory M., Shashi Vandana, Bainbridge Matthew, Gambello Michael J., Zahir Farah R., Bast Thomas, Crimian Rebecca, Schoch Kelly, Platt Julia, Cox Rachel, et al. , Genetics in Medicine, 03/2014, (2014)
Recurrent CNVs and SNVs at the NPHP1 Locus Contribute Pathogenic Alleles to Bardet-Biedl Syndrome, Lindstrand, Anna, Davis Erica E., Carvalho Claudia M.B., Pehlivan Davut, Willer Jason R., Tsai I-Chun, Ramanathan Subhadra, Zuppan Craig, Sabo Aniko, Muzny Donna, et al. , The American Journal of Human Genetics, 05/2014, Volume 94, Issue 5, p.745 - 754, (2014)
Monoallelic and Biallelic Mutations in MAB21L2 Cause a Spectrum of Major Eye Malformations, Rainger, Joe, Pehlivan Davut, Johansson Stefan, Bengani Hemant, Sanchez-Pulido Luis, Williamson Kathleen A., Ture Mehmet, Barker Heather, Rosendahl Karen, Spranger Jürgen, et al. , The American Journal of Human Genetics, 06/2014, Volume 94, Issue 6, p.915 - 923, (2014)
PGM3 Mutations Cause a Congenital Disorder of Glycosylation with Severe Immunodeficiency and Skeletal Dysplasia, Stray-Pedersen, Asbjørg, Backe Paul H., Sorte Hanne S., Mørkrid Lars, Chokshi Niti Y., Erichsen Hans Christian, Gambin Tomasz, Elgstøen Katja B.P., Bjørås Magnar, Wlodarski Marcin W., et al. , The American Journal of Human Genetics, 07/2014, Volume 95, Issue 1, p.96 - 107, (2014)
Squamous Cell Carcinoma of the Oral Tongue in Young Non-Smokers Is Genomically Similar to Tumors in Older Smokers, Pickering, C. R., Zhang J., Neskey D. M., Zhao M., Jasser S. A., Wang J., Ward A., Tsai C. J., Ortega Alves M. V., Zhou J. H., et al. , Clinical Cancer Research, 07/2014, Volume 20, Issue 14, p.3842 - 3848, (2014)
Natural variation in genome architecture among 205 Drosophila melanogaster Genetic Reference Panel lines, Huang, W., Massouras A., Inoue Y., Peiffer J., Ramia M., Tarone A. M., Turlapati L., Zichner T., Zhu D., Lyman R. F., et al. , Genome Research, 07/2014, Volume 24, Issue 7, p.1193 - 1208, (2014)
Mutations in COL27A1 cause Steel syndrome and suggest a founder mutation effect in the Puerto Rican population, Gonzaga-Jauregui, Claudia, Gamble Candace N., Yuan Bo, Penney Samantha, Jhangiani Shalini, Muzny Donna M., Gibbs Richard A., Lupski James R., and Hecht Jacqueline T. , European Journal of Human Genetics, 07/2014, (2014)
Next-generation sequencing identifies rare variants associated with Noonan syndrome, Chen, P. - C., Yin J., Yu H. - W., Yuan T., Fernandez M., Yung C. K., Trinh Q. M., Peltekova V. D., Reid J. G., Tworog-Dube E., et al. , Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, 08/2014, Volume 111, Issue 31, p.11473 - 11478, (2014)
Trans-ancestry mutational landscape of hepatocellular carcinoma genomes, Totoki, Yasushi, Tatsuno Kenji, Covington Kyle R., Ueda Hiroki, Creighton Chad J., Kato Mamoru, Tsuji Shingo, Donehower Lawrence A., Slagle Betty L., Nakamura Hiromi, et al. , Nature Genetics, 11/2014, (2014)
Molecular Findings Among Patients Referred for Clinical Whole-Exome Sequencing, Yang, Yaping, Muzny Donna M., Xia Fan, Niu Zhiyv, Person Richard, Ding Yan, Ward Patricia, Braxton Alicia, Wang Min, Buhay Christian, et al. , JAMA, 11/2014, Volume 312, Issue 18, p.1870, (2014)
Sequence Analysis of Six Blood Pressure Candidate Regions in 4,178 Individuals: The Cohorts for Heart and Aging Research in Genomic Epidemiology (CHARGE) Targeted Sequencing Study., Morrison, Alanna C., Bis Joshua C., Hwang Shih-Jen, Ehret Georg B., Lumley Thomas, Rice Kenneth, Muzny Donna, Gibbs Richard A., Boerwinkle Eric, Psaty Bruce M., et al. , PloS one, 2014, Volume 9, Issue 10, p.e109155, (2014) Abstract
Whole exome sequencing identifies novel genes for fetal hemoglobin response to hydroxyurea in children with sickle cell anemia., Sheehan, Vivien A., Crosby Jacy R., Sabo Aniko, Mortier Nicole A., Howard Thad A., Muzny Donna M., Dugan-Perez Shannon, Aygun Banu, Nottage Kerri A., Boerwinkle Eric, et al. , PloS one, 2014, Volume 9, Issue 10, p.e110740, (2014) Abstract
Launching genomics into the cloud: deployment of Mercury, a next generation sequence analysis pipeline., Reid, Jeffrey G., Carroll Andrew, Veeraraghavan Narayanan, Dahdouli Mahmoud, Sundquist Andreas, English Adam, Bainbridge Matthew, White Simon, Salerno William, Buhay Christian, et al. , BMC bioinformatics, 2014, Volume 15, p.30, (2014) Abstract
Diagnosis of ALG12-CDG by exome sequencing in a case of severe skeletal dysplasia, Murali, Chaya, Lu James T., Jain Mahim, Liu David S., Lachman Ralph, Gibbs Richard A., Lee Brendan H., Cohn Daniel, and Campeau Philippe M. , Molecular Genetics and Metabolism Reports, 2014, Volume 1, p.213 - 219, (2014)
Open access data sharing in genomic research., Pereira, Stacey, Gibbs Richard A., and McGuire Amy L. , Genes, 2014, Volume 5, Issue 3, p.739-47, (2014) Abstract

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