Giorgio Sirugo, MD, PhD, is a medical geneticist, whose primary research focus is on the genetic susceptibility to infectious diseases. Dr. Sirugo has extensive expertise in this area of studies, having been, prior to the current appointment, Head of the Human Genetics laboratory and Research Clinician at the MRC Unit in The Gambia (West Africa). While in The Gambia he created and directed the first DNA bank in sub-Saharan Africa, funded by the MRC UK. He participated, as a co-investigator, in the Wellcome–Trust Consortium for genome-wide association studies of tuberculosis and malaria. He is currently scientific co-director of the Penn Medicine Biobank and adjunct Associate Professor of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania.