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Howard Jacob PhD.

Vice President and Head of Genomic Research, AbbVie
Howard Jacob, Ph.D. is the Vice President and Head of Genomic Research at AbbVie. A leader in the genetics and genomics field, he has published more than 250 peer-reviewed articles in his academic career, focusing on the genetic mapping of complex diseases and building genomic resources and tools to better understand the functional impact of genetic variation. Prior to his role at AbbVie, he served as the Executive Vice President for Genomic Medicine, Chief Genomics Medicine Officer and Faculty Investigator at the HudsonAlpha Institute for Biotechnology. Jacob led the whole genome sequencing core for the NIH-funded Undiagnosed Disease Network and led the clinical teams at the world's first stand-alone genomic medicine clinic, as well as a whole genome clinical sequencing lab.Howard Jacob earned his Ph.D. at the University of Iowa and then did a post-doc with Eric Lander and Victor Dzau at MIT, Harvard and Stanford.