|Faculty and Research
Huntington F. Willard, PhD
Nanaline H. Duke Professor
Hunt Willard came to Duke at the end of 2002 as the founding director of the Duke Institute for Genome Sciences & Policy at Duke University. He is the Nanaline H. Duke Professor of Genome Sciences in the Department of Molecular Genetics & Microbiology and the Department of Biology.
Over the past 30 years at the University of Toronto, Stanford University, Case Western Reserve University and now Duke University, we have been engaged in projects exploring complex genome sequences, their evolution, their packaging in various types of chromatin, and their effects on diverse phenomena such as centromere function, dosage compensation, and gene function, in genomes ranging from human to other primates and mammals to yeast.
In addition, we have always maintained an interest in the impact of findings in human genetics and genomics on society, public policy, and individual health, with projects focused on translational genomics, personal genomics, genomic and personalized medicine, science and society, education and sports genetics.
While Dr. Willard maintains an active interest in genome research through his roles as IGSP director and as a Duke professor very active in education, he no longer runs an active laboratory and is no longer accepting graduate students into his group.