Bachelor of Science in Chemistry, University Virginia, Charlottesville, 1970. Doctor of Philosophy in Physical Chemistry, Yale University, New Haven, 1974. Doctor of Medicine with honors, University North Carolina School Medicine, Chapel Hill, 1977.
Doctor of Science (honorary), Baylor College Medicine, 2004. Doctor of Science (honorary), University Miami School Medicine, 2007.
Inter, resident then chief resident internal medicine North Carolina Memorial Hospital, Chapel Hill, 1977—1981. Fellow human genetics Yale University, 1981—1984. Assistant professor internal medicine/human genetics University Michigan Medical School, Ann Arbor, 1984—1988, associate professor, 1988—1991, professor, 1991—1993, chief division medical genetics, Department Internal Medicine, 1987—1991.
Assistant investigator Howard Hughes Medical Institute, Ann Arbor, 1987—1988, associate investigator, 1988—1991, investigator, 1991—1993. Director National Human Genome Research Institute (NHGRI), Bethesda, Maryland, 1993—2008, National Institutes of Health, since 2009. Founder Division Intramural Research National Human Genomic Research Institute (NHGRI), since 1994.
Founder, president The Biologos Foundation. Lecturer in field.
Member of National Academy of Sciences, American Medical Association (Scientific Achievement award 2001).
Married Diane Lynn Baker. Children: Margaret, Elizabeth.