Thomas D. Gelehrter Lectureship

Leslie G. Biesecker, M.D.
Leslie G. Biesecker, M.D.

Thomas D. Gelehrter Lecture in Medical Genetics

Wednesday, November 16, 2022
2 PM - 3 PM Lecture
3 PM - 4 PM Reception

Biomedical Science Research Building
Kahn Auditorium
109 Zina Pitcher Place, Ground Level 

Annual Lecture

This annual lectureship honors Dr. Thomas D. Gelehrter, a leader within the human genetics community and internationally recognized as an expert in human genetics. Dr. Gelehrter joined the University of Michigan Medical School faculty in 1974 and served as chair of the Department of Human Genetics for 17 years, from 1987 to 2004. He is currently an active Professor Emeritus in the department. The Lectureship builds upon Dr. Gelehrter's career dedicated to promoting excellence in research, education, and care in medical genetics and will be an enduring legacy that continues to raise awareness about the importance of medical genetics and improve this vital field. A prominent scientist in the field of medical genetics who embodies the principles that inspired Dr. Gelehrter's outstanding contributions to human genetic research, teaching and patient care is invited to speak at the annual lectureship.

Thomas D. Gelehrter Lecturers

  • 2021 - Leslie G. Biesecker, M.D. - To view his lecture, click here
  • 2020 - Cancelled due to COVID
  • 2019 - Helen H. Hobbs, M.D.
  • 2018 - Harry (Hal) Dietz - To view his lecture, click here
  • 2017 - James P. Evans - To view his lecture, click here
  • 2015 - Robert Nussbaum - To view his lecture, click here
  • 2014 - Andrew Feinberg
  • 2013 - Leon E. Rosenberg
  • 2012 - Kay Davies
  • 2010 - Francis Collins
  • 2010 - David Valle

Leslie G. Biesecker, M.D.

NIH Distinguished Investigator
Center for Precision Health Research


Dr. Biesecker is a clinical and molecular geneticist and is the chief of the Center for Precision Health Research at the National Human Genome Research Institute (NHGRI) of the National Institutes of Health. He uses genetic and genomic technologies to study the etiology of inherited disorders. He received his medical training at the University of Illinois, training in pediatrics at the University of Wisconsin, and in clinical and molecular genetics at the University of Michigan. His laboratory has elucidated the etiology and natural history of numerous diseases, including Proteus syndrome, PIK3CA-related overgrowth syndrome, TARP syndrome, oculofaciocardiodental syndrome, Lenz microphthalmia syndrome, McKusick-Kaufman syndrome, Bardet-Biedl syndrome, Pallister-Hall syndrome and Amish microcephaly, and has contributed to the discovery of many others. In addition, he developed the ClinSeq® program, which has consented more than 1,000 subjects for whole-genome sequencing with the interpretation and return of results. He co-directs a Clinical Laboratory Improvement Ammendments (CLIA)-certified molecular diagnostic laboratory within NHGRI.

Dr. Biesecker serves as an editor or board member for four biomedical journals, is an advisor to the Illumina Corporation and was a member of the board of directors for the American Society of Human Genetics. He served on advisory panels for the World Trade Center and Hurricane Katrina victim identification efforts. He was recently elected to the National Academy of Medicine of the National Academy of Sciences and has been elected to be the president of the American Society of Human Genetics for 2019.