Ph.D., Founder, Chairman, CEO, J. Craig Venter Institute (JCVI)
J. Craig Venter, PhD, is regarded as one of the leading scientists of the 21st century for his numerous invaluable contributions to genomic research. Dr. Venter is Founder, Chairman, and CEO of the J. Craig Venter Institute (JCVI), a not-for-profit, research organization with approximately 200 scientists and staff dedicated to human, microbial, plant, synthetic and environmental genomic research, and the exploration of social and ethical issues in genomics. He also is a co-founder of Synthetic Genomics, Inc. (SGI) and Human Longevity, Inc. (HLI). Dr. Venter is the recipient of numerous honorary degrees, public honors, and scientific awards, including the 2008 United States National Medal of Science, and is a member of numerous prestigious scientific organizations including the National Academy of Sciences, the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, and the American Society for Microbiology.