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David Galas is Principal Scientist at the Pacific Northwest Diabetes Research Institute. Dr. Galas is an internationally recognized expert in molecular biology and human genetics. He is well known for his work in the development and application of new technologies in the areas of genetics, genomics and bioinformatics.  His research has advanced the understanding of complex biological systems networks using both theoretical and experimental methods, particularly aspects of the genetics of biological systems. His research at PNDRI will concentrate on the underlying genetic and epigenetic mechanisms of disease, including diabetes.

Over the past four decades, Dr. Galas has worked in a leadership capacity at several of the nation’s top research institutions, including the Institute for Systems Biology, Battelle Memorial Institute and Keck Graduate Institute of Applied Life Sciences. He served as Director for Health and Environmental Research at the U.S. Department of Energy’s Office of Science, where he headed the DOE’s Human Genome Project from 1990 to 1993. 

Dr. Galas earned his Ph.D. in physics from the University of California. He served as professor of molecular biology for 12 years at the University of Southern California, and directed the molecular biology section of the Biological Science Department. He has also held research positions at the University of Geneva, Switzerland, and at the University of California's Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory.

Dr. Galas is the recipient of several awards including the Smithsonian Institution-Computer World Pioneer award in 1999. He has served on many federal, university and corporate boards, including several biotechnology companies he has co-founded, and on various advisory and National Research Council committees, including the Board on Life Science and the National Cancer Policy Board. He chairs the Board of Directors of the Fannie and John Hertz Foundation and is a lifetime National Associate of the National Academy of Sciences.