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Our Leadership Team

Our Leadership Team

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Gerald F. Joyce, M.D. Ph.D.,
Institute Director

Gerald F. Joyce, M.D. Ph.D.,

Dr. Joyce is the Institute Director of the Genomics Institute of the Novartis Research Foundation (GNF). He also is a member of the faculty of the Salk Institute, where he maintains a laboratory in the Jack H. Skirball Center for Chemical Biology and Proteomics. His research program has concerned the development of novel RNA and DNA enzymes and their potential application in clinical diagnostics and therapeutics. Prior to joining GNF in 2014, Dr. Joyce was a Professor and Dean of the Faculty at The Scripps Research Institute. He also served as Chair of the JASON scientific advisory group for U.S. national security and as a member of the Technology Advisory Council of BP plc. Dr. Joyce graduated with a B.A. from the University of Chicago in 1978 and both an M.D. and Ph.D. from the University of California, San Diego in 1984. He carried out postgraduate medical training at Mercy Hospital in San Diego and postdoctoral research training at the Salk Institute. Dr. Joyce is a member of the U.S. National Academy of Sciences, the U.S. National Academy of Medicine, and the American Academy of Arts and Sciences. He is recipient of the U.S. National Academy of Sciences Award in Molecular Biology, the Hans Sigrist Prize from the University of Bern, and the U.S. National Academy of Sciences Award for Early Earth and Life Sciences.