Jef Boeke, Ph.D. trained at Rockefeller University (Ph.D.) and the Whitehead Institute (postdoc). He is Professor of Molecular Biology & Genetics and Founding Director of the High Throughput Biology Center at the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine. His research interests lie in yeast genetics and genomics, with an emphasis on tool development, eukaryotic transposable element biology, and chromatin. He founded the “High Throughput Biology Center” or HIT Center, an interdisciplinary Center. The HIT Center contains advanced core facilities at JHU, Proteomics, DNA sequencing, Microarray and Chemcore, a robotics and compound screening unit. Dr. Boeke, together with colleagues Joel Bader and Srinivasan Chandrasegaran, leads the Sc2.0 synthetic yeast genome project, and created the course "Build A Genome".