James D. Watson
James D. Watson is best known as one of the codiscoverers of the structure of DNA in 1953 and for helping to establish the Human Genome Project. Since the beginning of BGI’s participation in this project, he has been a proponent of the institute’s development and has promoted its vision and mission throughout to the world.

John Sulston
John Sulston received the 2002 Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine for his work in gene regulation of organ development and programmed cell death. He also founded one of the largest genome research centers in the world, the Welcome Trust Sanger Institute. He further encouraged BGI’s participation in the Human Genome Project.

Robert Waterston
Robert Waterston serves as the Director of the Department of Genome Sciences at the University of Washington. He was pivotal in the completion of the Human Genome Project, and has assisted BGI in its strategic development.

Harold Varmus
Harold Varmus, M.D., co-recipient of a Nobel Prize for studies of the genetic basis of cancer, was nominated by President Obama as Director of the National Cancer Institute on May 17, 2010. He began his tenure as NCI Director on July 12, 2010. He previously served as President and Chief Executive Officer of Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center (MSKCC) and as Director of the National Institutes of Health (NIH).

David N. Cooper

David N. Cooper is Professor of Human Molecular Genetics at Cardiff University.His research interests are largely focused upon elucidating the mechanisms of mutagenesis underlying human genetic disease, genotype–phenotype relationship in various inherited disorders, human evolutionary and population genetics.He curates theHuman Gene Mutation Database.


Maynard Olson
Maynard Olson received the 2007 Gruber Genetics Prize for his work in the field of genomics. He is currently a professor of genome sciences and medicine at the University of Washington. He was one of the founders of the Human Genome Project, and has been a major supporter of BGI’s mission.

Lars Bolund
Lars Bolund is an honorary professor at the Genetics Institute at Denmark Aarhus University. Dr. Boland has spent the last two decades establishing and maintaining genomic research collaborations between Denmark and China. He is a loyal friend and a permanent senior consultant of BGI.

Fred Dubee
Professor Fred Dubee teaches at the post-graduate level at the World Peace Academy, University of Basel, Switzerland, the University of Sydney, Australia and in China at Shanghai University where he is also Executive Director (International) of the MBA Center and Global Management Education Institute. Prof. Dubee is also the Chairman of Cosmos International.

Francis S. Collins
Professor Francis S. Collins, is recoginzed for his discoveries of disease genes and his leadership of the Human Genome Project. He is the Director of National Institutes of Health.

Richard J. Roberts
Professor Richard J. Roberts was awarded the Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine 1993 for the discovery of introns in eukaryotic DNA and the mechanism of gene-splicing.

Stephen O'Brien
Dr. Stephen J. Is the chief of the NCI’s Laboratory of Genomic Diversity, which he founded in the late 1980s. He is credited with the discovery of CCR5 delta 32, the first of 20 human AIDS restriction genes, as well as leading the Feline Genome Project, a major player in comparative genomics across the mammalian radiations.