Richard K. Wilson


Columbus, OH USA



Executive Director, Institute for Genomic Medicine

Nationwide Children’s Hospital

Dr. Wilson is an internationally recognized expert in molecular genetics and large-scale genomics, and his laboratories have been among the world’s leaders in genome analysis. His teams have sequenced and analyzed billions of bases of DNA from the genomes of bacteria, yeast, plants, invertebrates, vertebrates, primates and humans. Dr. Wilson and his colleagues at Washington University sequenced the first animal genome – that of the roundworm Caenorhabditis elegans (1990-98) – and contributed substantially to the sequencing and analysis of the human genome (1988-2003). He has published over 400 peer-reviewed manuscripts. In 2013, he was named the world's most cited researcher by Thomson Reuters' ScienceWatch with 15 significantly cited papers. Among numerous honors, awards and notable positions, he is a fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS), and has received Distinguished Alumni awards from Miami University and the University of Oklahoma.