Health Policy

Jeffrey Murray

  • Distinguished Faculty Affiliate, Health Policy Research Program
  • Professor Emeritus, Department of Pediatrics - Neonatology


Jeff Murray is board certified in pediatrics and clinical genetics and a human molecular/developmental geneticist with a 30-year academic career at the University of Iowa studying gene/environment interactions involved in human complex traits. He provided direct care for infants/children in genetics and neonatology through 2015.

Murray led the development of the first user-enabled human genetic linkage maps as PI of the Human Genome Center at the University of Iowa, identified the first genes associated with cleft lip/palate and glaucoma, oversaw the first genome wide association study of preterm birth and is a co-author on 470 peer-reviewed articles. He has chaired two National Institute of Health (NIH) study sections, was a member of the Scientific Council for the National Human Genome Research Institute, and served on the Advisory Committee to the Director of NIH. He is a past president of the American Society of Human Genetics, and is an elected member of the Institute of Medicine and Fellow of The American Association for the Advancement of Science. His research work was highly interdisciplinary and international using genomics and population based approaches to identify complex trait causes for birth defects and preterm birth. Since 2014 he has been the Deputy Director of Family Health in the Discovery and Translation Sciences Group at the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation where his team has responsibility for the Healthy Birth, Growth and Development programs with an emphasis on preterm birth and early childhood physical and cognitive development.

Educational Background

  • MD, Tufts Medical School
  • Resident, Pediatrics, New England Medical Center Hospital
  • Fellow, Medical Genetics, University of Washington