|Claire M. Fraser-Liggett, PhD is Director of the Institute for Genome Sciences at the University of Maryland School of Medicine in Baltimore, MD. Until 2007, She was President and Director of The Institute for Genomic Research (TIGR) in Rockville, MD, which has been at the forefront of the genomics revolution since a landmark publication in 1995 reported on the first complete genome sequence of a free-living organism, Haemophilus influenzae. Dr. Fraser-Liggett's success with microbial genomics expanded to include work on other organisms. Dr. Fraser has authored more than 200 publications, edited three books, and served on the editorial boards of nine scientific journals. Her contributions to the fields of genomics and microbiology have been acknowledged by many agencies and professional societies and her list of awards include the E.O. Lawrence Award, the highest honor bestowed on research scientists by the Department of Energy, the Promega Biotechnology Award from the American Society of Microbiology, and the Charles Thom Award from the Society for Industrial Microbiology, has been selected as one of Maryland's Top 100 Women Circle of Excellence, and elected as a fellow to the American Academy of Microbiology and the American Association for the Advancement of Science. She received her undergraduate degree summa cum laude from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute and her PhD in Pharmacology from the State University of New York at Buffalo.