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Murray Brilliant, PhD

Murray Brilliant, PhD, Senior Scientist, is the Director at the Center for Human Genetics at the Marshfield Clinic Research Foundation and holder of the James Weber Endowed Chair from December 2009. Dr. Brilliant provides leadership for ICTR’s Translational Technologies and Resources Core at Marshfield Clinic.

Prior to joining Marshfield Clinic Research Foundation in 2009, Dr. Brilliant was the Lindholm Professor of Genetics in the Department of Pediatrics at the University of Arizona College of Medicine since 1997. He also chaired the Research Steering Committee of the Department of Pediatrics and was Director of the Genetics Graduate Program at the University of Arizona.

Dr. Brilliant received his Ph.D. in Molecular, Cellular and Developmental Biology from the University of Colorado at Boulder in 1984. He has held faculty positions at The Jackson Laboratory in Bar Harbor, Maine (1986-1989), The Fox Chase Cancer Center in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania (1989-1997) and the University of Arizona College of Medicine (1997-2009) where he was the Lindholm Professor of Genetics in the Department of Pediatrics at the University of Arizona College of Medicine and Director of the Interdisciplinary Graduate Program in Genetics. Dr. Brilliant has 25 years of experience in the molecular genetics of mice and humans. In particular, his efforts have led to the identification of three genes for albinism: Hermansky-Pudlak syndrome 1 and Oculocutaneous albinism types 2 and 4.

His current research interest include:

  • The relationship between albinism and leprosy
  • Development of treatments to improve vision in people with albinism
  • Early detection and prevention of Age-related Macular Degeneration
  • Genetic Services disparities among Native Americans