Jean Weissenbach is director of research at the French National Centre of Scientific Research (CNRS) and the director of Genoscope, the national Centre of Sequencing. During his career he focused on molecular biology and the study of genomes. He is one of the pioneers of the exploration and analysis of genomes en in particular the human genome.
He graduated as a pharmacist at the Université de Strasbourg, where he also received his Ph.D on a study of tRNA. (1977) His post-doctoral work mainly involved cloning and human interferons.
Dr Weissenbach is a member of the European Molecular Biology Organization and the French Academy of Sciences. He is associated member of the French Academy of Pharmacy. He received numerous (international) prizes and has more than 400 publications in international magazines.