Cambridge, 13th February 2023 - Co-founder and Scientific Director at Congenica, Professor 
Matt Hurles, has today been appointed as Director of The Wellcome Trust Sanger Institute. 

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Alongside his involvement with Congenica, Matt has been Head of the Human Genetics 
Programme at the Sanger Institute since 2017. His work focuses on deciphering the genetic 
causes of severe developmental disorders and understanding how DNA mutates through the 
generations. He was elected as Fellow of the UK Academy of Medical Sciences in 2017 and 
Fellow of the Royal Society in 2019.

Matt will formally take up his new post as Director in May, after a handover period with 
current Director, Professor Sir Mike Stratton.

Speaking of his appointment, Matt said: “The Sanger is a world-leading genomics research
institute, with a strong and purposeful mission, driven by our combination of collective  endeavour and individual excellence. Mike Stratton’s vision, thoughtfulness and compassion 
will be a hard act to follow, and I am delighted that he will be staying on to pursue his own
science. I am hugely honoured and tremendously energised to lead the Sanger Institute into 
the future.”

Robert Denison, CEO at Congenica, said: “This is fantastic news and on behalf of the team at 
Congenica, I send Matt huge congratulations. We are enormously proud and grateful to have Matt as co-founder and Scientific Director. His knowledge and expertise have played a pivotal 
role in our success to date. I am sure he will do an incredible job as Director of the Wellcome 
Trust Sanger Institute and continue drive world-class research in these exciting times for 


Deciphering Developmental Disorders 

We recently held a webinar during which Professor Matt Hurles talked about his research projects, including the Deciphering Developmental Disorders study, Prenatal anomalies (PAGE) study, DECIPHER web portal and the future of variant interpretation. You can watch the webinar on demand here.