Francis Collins was unanimously confirmed by the US Senate to be the new director of the National Institutes of Health last week.
He becomes the 16th director of NIH.
Collins was director of the National Human Genome Research Institute at NIH from 1993 to 2008, a tenure highlighted by the success of the Human Genome Project, which provided a genomic blueprint of human beings. Before joining NIH, he was on the faculty of the University of Michigan where he was a Howard Hughes Medical Institute investigator.
He is a member of the Institute of Medicine and the National Academy of Sciences. In 2007, he was awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom.