NEW YORK, Sept. 24 - Princeton University said it has named David Botstein head of its genomics research institute.
Botstein, who is currently Stanford Ascherman Professor of Genetics at Stanford University, pioneered the use of RFLPs to produce gene linkage maps, and at Stanford he led efforts to map and sequence the yeast genome. Botstein was an early booster of the Human Genome Project, and sat on the project's advisory council. His Stanford research now includes yeast biology, microarray work, and gene expression in cancer.
Botstein succeeds Shirley Tilghman, the molecular biologist tapped as Princeton University president in 2001. James Broach has been acting as the institute's interim director and will continue in that role until Botstein begins work on July 1, 2003.
Princeton launched the Lewis-Sigler Institute for Integrative Genomics in 1999 and is now completing construction on its lab space. The center is slated to house between 12 and 15 research groups specializing in post-genomic science.