Board of Advisors

James D. Watson

James D. Watson is best known as one of the co-discoverers 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. As a renowned academician, he was pivotal in the completion of the Human Genome Project, and has assisted BGI in its strategic development.


Eric Lander

Eric Lander is a Professor of Biology at MIT, a member of the Whitehead Institute, and the Director of the Broad Institute of MIT and Harvard. He has devoted his career toward realizing the promise of using the human genome for medicine. 



George Church

George Church is an American molecular geneticist and is currently Professor of Genetics at Harvard Medical School and Professor of Health Sciences and Technology at Harvard and MIT. Dr. Church helped develop the first direct genomic sequencing method in 1984 and aided in the initiation of the Human Genome Project.


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 between Denmark and China. He is a loyal friend of the institute and a permanent senior consultant of BGI.