David Goldstein is a self-described “geneticist for hire.” It’s been five years since he arrived in New York as the inaugural director of the Institute for Genomic Medicine at Columbia University Medical Center, and despite his California roots, the city has adopted David as a native son (no, seriously, he is often mistaken for a native New Yorker. Why? I have theories…).
In a wide-ranging conversation, David and I discuss progress at the IGM, his views on the genetics of common disease (wherein I try to get him to reprise controversial comments from the past, with mixed success) and the global movement to fight Covid-19, including their own work, right here in the heart of the world’s hardest hit regions. He’s definitely a New Yorker now!