Mark Batzer is currently LSU System Boyd Professor and Dr. Mary Lou Applewhite Distinguished Professor, Department of Biological Sciences at Louisiana State University, Baton Rouge, Louisiana. Dr. Batzer’s research interests focus on comparative genomics of human and non-human primates, mobile DNA, forensic genomics, and computational biology. Additional research interests include the identification of genes related to healthy aging in humans. Dr. Batzer is a AAAS fellow and is active in numerous organizations and advisory boards and panels. He currently serves as an Executive Editor for Analytical Biochemistry, Associate Editor for Genomics, Academic Editor for PLoS ONE, Editor-in-Chief for Gene and a member of the editorial boards for Mobile DNA, Investigative Genetics and the Repeated DNA Sequence Data Base.