Adam Phillippy

Head of the Genome Informatics Section, NHGRI

Dr. Phillippy is head of the Genome Informatics Section and a tenure-track investigator in the Computational and Statistical Genomics Branch at the National Human Genome Research Institute. In 2000, Dr. Phillippy began working as a bioinformatics research assistant for Dr. Arthur Delcher at Loyola University Maryland, and received his B.S. in computer science in 2002. Following this, he worked for four years at The Institute for Genomic Research (TIGR) under the supervision of Dr. Mihai Pop, where he developed several foundational tools for genome assembly and alignment. Dr. Phillippy was also an integral contributor to TIGR's investigation of the 2001 anthrax attacks, having developed methods that were key to tracing the source of the outbreak. In 2006, he began his graduate work under the advising of Dr. Steven Salzberg at the University of Maryland, researching new methods for pathogen detection using PCR, microarrays and DNA sequencing.

Dr. Phillippy received his Ph.D. in computer science in 2010, and immediately joined the National Biodefense Analysis and Countermeasures Center (NBACC) as a principal investigator, where he established and led the National Bioforensic Analysis Center's first bioinformatics group. During this time, he pioneered the use of single-molecule sequencing for the reconstruction of complete genomes, and helped the NBACC become the first laboratory in the United States to achieve ISO 17025 accreditation for whole-genome sequencing.

In 2015, Dr. Phillippy joined the National Human Genome Research Institute and founded the Genome Informatics Section, where his current research group resides.

Listen to the interview with Adam (published May 2019)