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Independent advice

The Board of Directors has appointed five senior scientists, knowledgeable in the program areas but independent of the project, to form the Science Advisory Board (SAB). This body provides advice and guidance to the board to help ensure that the project achieves its stated scientific objectives and milestones. To accomplish this mandate, the SAB:
1. Assesses whether iBOL is making significant contributions to basic science.
2. Provides strategic advice to the board on approaches and directions to aid the project in achieving its long-term scientific objectives. This includes providing advice on major relevant opportunities and trends in science and technology as well as scientific and GE3LS challenges facing the project team.
3. Provides advice to the board on proposed scientific and GE3LS changes to the project. The project team must consult the SAB prior to submitting major changes in the research plan to the board.
4. Identifies and reports to the board issues of scientific practice, conduct, and responsibility related to communication, data management, and GE3LS, that arise from the project, where appropriate.


Dr. Stephen J. O’Brien (Chair) trained in molecular and population genetics at Cornell University. He joined the National Cancer Institute as a post-doc in 1971 and is now chief of the NCI’s Laboratory of Genomic Diversity, which he founded in the late 1980s... Read more

Dr. Gary Borisy is Director and Chief Executive Officer of the Marine Biological Laboratory (MBL) in Woods Hole, Massachusetts. Before joining MBL, he was Associate Vice President for Research and the Leslie B. Arey Professor of... Read more

Dr. William M. Gelbart obtained his Ph.D. in Genetics at the University of Wisconsin in 1971. He has been on the faculty of Harvard University since 1976 and is currently Professor of Molecular and Cellular Biology in the Faculty of Arts... Read more

Dr. David Haussler is a Howard Hughes Medical Institute Investigator. He is also Professor of Biomolecular Engineering and Director of the Center for Biomolecular Science and Engineering at the University of California, Santa Cruz; scientific co-director of the California Institute for Quantitative... Read more

Dr. Paul B. Thompson holds the W. K. Kellogg Chair in Agricultural, Food and Community Ethics at Michigan State University in East Lansing, Michigan. He completed his Ph.D. studies on the philosophy of technology at the State University of New York at Stony Brook and formerly held... Read more


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