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Meet a Loyola graduate, human genome scientist, and one of TIME Magazine’s “Most Influential People of 2022”

Loyola University Maryland

June 24, 2022


Adam Phillippy, ’02, senior investigator at the National Human Genome Research Institute (NHGRI), National Institutes of Health (NIH), was recently named to TIME Magazine’s “The 100 Most Influential People of 2022,” for his research related to human genome sequencing.

Phillippy, who earned his B.S. in Computer Science from Loyola in 2002, first started researching genomics at the University in 2000. While studying at Loyola, Phillippy was a research assistant, involved in intramural sports, a member of Phi Beta Kappa, an honor society at Loyola, Upsilon Pi Epsilon, the international computer science honor society, and a Hauber Summer Research Fellow who completed research with Arthur Delcher, Ph.D., professor emeritus of computer science. After he graduated from Loyola, Phillippy went on to earn his master’s and doctorate in computer science from the University of Maryland, College Park.

As the head of the Genome Informatics Section and a senior investigator in the Computational and Statistical Genomics Branch at NHGRI, Phillippy works to intertwine the fields of computer science and genomics. When Phillippy joined NHGRI in 2015, he co-founded the Telomere-to-Telomere (T2T) consortium with ambitions of finishing the human reference genome. In April, his team of genome scientists announced that they had completed the final 200 million bases of the human genomic sequence, leading to their inclusion in TIME Magazine’s “100 Most Influential People” list.