Dr. Gibbs received a B.Sc. (Hons) in 1979 and a Ph.D. in Genetics and Radiation Biology in 1986 from the University of Melbourne, Melbourne Australia. He subsequently moved to Houston as a postdoctoral fellow at Baylor College of Medicine to study the molecular basis of human-linked diseases and to develop technologies for rapid genetic analysis. During this period he also developed several fundamental technologies for nucleic acid analysis. ~In 1991 he joined the faculty at Baylor College of Medicine and played a key role in the early planning and development phases of the Human Genome Project. In 1996, he established the BCM Human Genome Sequencing Center when the College was chosen as one of six programs to complete the final phase of the Human Genome Project. He currently holds the rank of Director and Professor. ~In addition to his work on the Human Genome Project, Dr. Gibbs also has made significant contributions to the deciphering of the fly, mouse, dictyostelium, and rat genomes. Dr. Gibbs has been the recipient of numerous honors and awards, including the Michael E. DeBakey, M.D., Excellence in Research Award.