Director, National Human Genome Center Howard University College of Medicine, (Washington, DC)

Director, National Human Genome Center Howard University College of Medicine, (Washington, DC)

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Reporting to the Dean, College of Medicine, the Director, National Human Genome Center will be responsible for the attainment of Center academic and operational goals and providing leadership essential to building programs and services.  The Director is accountable for positioning the Center for its future success.  The Director will collaborate effectively with the College of Medicine and the University to advance genomics, including collaborating with areas such as Pharmacology, Engineering, NanoTechnology, and the Molecular Imaging Laboratory.

The Ideal Candidate

The selected candidate will have a portfolio of research in human genetics as it relates to population diversity.  He/She will have a strong commitment to the education and mentorship of students, residents and faculty.  Ideally, the selected candidate will have a broad understanding of genomic research, including cancer, sickle cell, etc.

Specifications for the position include:

  • A PhD or MD/PhD degree from an accredited institution;
  • Track record of extramural grant funding and scholarly publication;
  • Successful record of mentoring faculty, investigators, staff and students; and


The Howard University College of Medicine (COM) uniquely addresses the special healthcare needs of medically underserved communities and continues to produce a significant number of the nation’s minority physicians.  The COM currently has 455 students, most recently graduating 99 students.  The graduation rate is 93 percent and the residency match rate is 95 percent.  The faculty is comprised of 278 full-time and 45 part-time professors.  The College of Medicine has a clinical center with 10 examination rooms, and a new state-of-the-art health sciences simulation center, which contains operating and delivery room suites.

Howard University College of Medicine’s National Human Genome Center is a comprehensive resource for genomic research on African Americans and other African diaspora populations. As the only research center of its kind at a predominantly African American university, the National Human Genome Center (NHGC) is singular in its capacity to provide leadership for America and the global community in genetic studies of diseases common in African Americans and other people of color throughout the African Diaspora.

Among this nation’s academic centers, Howard University is uniquely poised and prepared by virtue of its identity, history, and purpose, to provide leadership for America and the global community in addressing the array of very challenging biological, ethical, legal, and social issues introduced at this time by the emergence of the Human Genome Project.

NHGC believes that the greater genomic variation found in African populations provides a rich and unique resource for human and medical genetic research in the United States and throughout the world.  Significant and funded research projects have already been put in place in diabetes, hypertension and obesity, prostate cancer, breast cancer and asthma.  In addition, community programs are being designed.

The Community

There are many wonderful communities surrounding Washington, DC, including Annapolis, Arlington, Bethesda, Chevy Chase and Rockville (to name a few).  The communities have strong public and private schools and are located near several universities, including Georgetown University, George Washington University, University of Maryland and the University of the District of Columbia.  Washington, DC and its surrounding communities are a wonderful place in which to live, work or play.  Thanks to beautiful parks, a variety of recreational and leisure activities, a thriving retail corridor, and a healthy and growing corporate sector, the area truly has something for everyone.

Position Specification

If interested in learning more about our client, the opportunity, the ideal candidate and/or the community, please read our Position Specification, which is saved as a printer-friendly file (.pdf opens in Acrobat/Reader).


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