Lessons from a Legend


Ari Patrinos began as a mechanical and electrical engineer, never imagining that one day he'd rise to be the leader of the US Department of Energy's involvement in the Human Genome Project and, later, its Genomes to Life initiative. Patrinos has worked in national labs including Brookhaven and Oak Ridge, the government at DOE, academia by way of the University of Rochester, and is currently at a biotech startup -- Craig Venter's Synthetic Genomics, where Patrinos serves as president.

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