Howard Jacob

Howard J. Jacob, Ph.D., is the founding director of the Personalized Medicine Program at the Medical College of Wisconsin (MCW). He is also the founding director of the institution’s Human and Molecular Genetics Center, is the Warren P. Knowles Chair of Genetics, and is a professor of physiology and pediatrics. Dr. Jacob is an internationally recognized leader in human genomics. His passion and determination to bring whole genome sequencing into the clinic led MCW to establish the first fully integrated clinical sequencing program in the world. The clinic focuses on undiagnosed diseases, but pharmacogenomics and whole genome sequencing as part of wellness programs are on the horizon.

Dr. Jacob sits on the National Advisory Council for Human Genome Research at the National Institutes of Health’s National Human Genome Research Institute (NHGRI), and has also served as chair of the NHGRI’s sequencing workgroup, and co-chair of other NHGRI groups.

Dr. Jacob has served on the editorial boards of multiple peer-reviewed journals, and he has published more than 300 papers and book chapters. His research has been continuously funded by the NIH for more than two decades.