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Jeremy Schmutz ’95

Biology and computer science major

In his work at the Stanford Human Genome Center, Jeremy Schmutz merged laboratory science, data collection and data analysis to help sequence the human genome. The entire Human Genome Project—often compared in significance to landing on the moon or splitting the atom—required the efforts of 20 laboratories around the globe. Schmutz and his Stanford colleagues sequenced chromosomes 5, 16 and 10, completing the work two and a half years ahead of schedule. Now, he leads the Informatics and Production Sequencing Groups at the HudsonAlpha Genome Center in Huntsville, AL.

Schmutz received North Central College's Alumni Recognition Award in 2005.