John Quackenbush has been appointed professor of computational biology and bioinformatics jointly at the Harvard School of Public Health and at the Dana-Farber Cancer Institute, Harvard said earlier this month. He comes to Harvard from the Institute for Genomic Research, where he was an investigator.

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