A true bioinformatics veteran, David States joined the National Center for Biotechnology Information when it was founded in 1988, and moved to Washington University, St. Louis, in 1992, where he played a key role in the university’s work on the Human Genome Project. In 2001, States left Wash U. to join the University of Michigan as director of bioinformatics, where he is now immersed in his next big bioinformatics challenge: coordinating data collection for the Human Proteome Organization’s Human Plasma Proteome Project.

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