Genome 10K Founders

The Genome 10K Community of Scientists (G10KCOS) was founded by David Haussler, Oliver Ryder, and Stephen O’Brien in April 2009 at a three-day meeting at the University of California, Santa Cruz. Inaugural meeting attendees included 55 leading scientists representing major zoos, museums, research centers, and universities around the world. The G10KCOS has grown and as of 2017, includes the Vertebrate Genomes Project (VGP). The VGP is led by a 15-member council, has various committees focused on specific aspects of the project, and is Chaired by Erich Jarvis. The mission of the G10K-VGP it is to create high quality, near error free genomes of all vertebrate species. The G10K continues to grow as major tissue specimen collection and sequencing progresses for other international efforts to discover and preserve the DNA information in the billion year old fruits of evolution on our planet.

David Haussler
Howard Hughes Medical Institute Investigator, Distinguished Professor of Biomolecular Engineering, UC Santa Cruz

Stephen J. O’Brien
Chief Scientific Officer, Theodosius Dobzhansky Center for Genome Bioinformatics, St. Petersburg State University, Russia
Laboratory of Genomic Diversity (retired), NCI-Frederick

Oliver A. Ryder
Director of Genetics, Kleberg Chair, San Diego Zoo Institute for Conservation Research; Adjunct Professor, Division of Biology, UC San Diego


Ryder, O’Brien, and Haussler at the inaugural meeting of the Genome 10K Community of Scientistst in Santa Cruz, CA, USA

Inaugural Meeting Attendees

Fred W. Allendorf George Amato Charles Scott Baker
Aaron Bauer Albano Beja-Pereira Eldredge Bermingham
Giacomo Bernardi Cibele R. Bonvicino Sydney Brenner
Terry Burke Joel Cracraft Mark Diekhans
Scott Edwards Per G. P. Ericson Andrew J. Crawford
James Estes Jon Fjeldsa Nate Flesness
Tony Gamble Philippe Gaubert Alexander S. Graphodatsky
Jennifer A. Marshall-Graves Eric D. Green Richard E. Green
Shannon Hackett Paul Hebert Kristofer M. Helgen
Leo Joseph Joseph Bailey Kessing David M. Kingsley
Harris A. Lewin Gordon Luikart Paolo Martelli
Miguel A.M. Moreira Robert Murphy Ngan Nguyen
Guillermo Ortí Brian L. Pike David Michael Rawson
Stephan C. Schuster Héctor N. Seuánez H. Bradley Shaffer
Mark S Springer Joshua Michael Stuart Joanna Sumner
Emma Teeling Byrappa Venkatesh Robert C. Vrijenhoek
Robert D. Ward Wesley C. Warren Robert Wayne
Terrie M. Williams Nathan D. Wolfe Ya-Ping Zhang
Hope Rochelle Fuller