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Edward Rubin Named to JGI s Top Spot

SAN FRANCISCO, Jan. 28 - Edward Rubin has shed his "acting" status and was named director of the US Department of Energy's Joint Genome Institute, the institute said today.


Rubin was also appointed director of the Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory's genomics division.


Rubin held the position of interim director of JGI since spring 2002, taking over leadership responsibilities from Trevor Hawkins who left for an executive position at Amersham Biosciences.


The appointment follows an approximately five-month search process, according to a JGI spokesperson.


Rubin joined LBNL in 1988 and was appointed head of the lab's genome sciences department in 1998. His most recent research has focused on identifying regions of the human genome encoding for significant biological functions by conducting large-scale cross-species DNA sequence comparisons.


JGI is managed by Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory, Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory, and Los Alamos National Laboratory.

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