NEW YORK (GenomeWeb News) — Claire Fraser-Liggett will start and lead a new genomics institute at the University of Maryland School of Medicine in Baltimore, the school said today.
The school said Fraser-Liggett, who recently resigned from her post as president and director of the Institute for Genomic Research, will run the Institute of Genome Sciences, which will be located at the University of Maryland Baltimore BioPark.
Fraser-Liggett “is expected to bring a team of scientists and staff members with her,” E. Albert Reece, dean of the UM School of Medicine, said in a statement.
Reece called the arrival of the other TIGR staffers “a major recruitment initiative,” saying they will “fuel the expansion of genomics research” at the institute.
The school said Fraser-Liggett will “build on her impressive body of work” in microbial and viral genomics, which have “provided a strong foundation for the development of new diagnostics, therapeutics, and vaccines.”
Fraser-Liggett said she is “extremely excited” to be involved in the new genomics institute.”
Faculty at the institute will have opportunities to use the med school’s resources, including the Center for Vaccine Development and the Institute of Human Virology for clinical research, said Bruce Jarrell, the medical school’s vice dean for research and academic affairs.
Fraser-Liggett is scheduled to remain at TIGR until April 20, according to an e-mail sent to employees at the J. Craig Venter Institute, which brought TIGR under its authority last October.