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Steve Lombardi Moves from ABI to Affy to Helicos and Beyond, Green High-performance Computing, and More

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Back in the November 2002 issue of Genome Technology, Steve Lombardi discussed his recent move from Applied Biosystems to Affymetrix. While he did not talk about what was thought to be an "involuntary departure" from ABI, he told GT that he was attracted to Affy by the idea of "getting back into genetic analysis and being involved from a corporate strategy perspective" — Lombardi's background is in DNA synthesis. After four years at Affy where he served as senior vice president overseeing corporate development, Lombardi decamped for a vice president of marketing position at Helicos Biosciences. He left Helicos in 2010, and this past spring Lombardi took up the post of president and CEO of Real Time Genomics, a genomic analysis software company.

Five years ago, the Brute Force column noted that compute centers gobble up a lot of energy, and that researchers like Virginia Tech's Wu-chun Feng were working to make high-performance computing environmentally friendly. Feng and his colleague Kirk Cameron, also at Virginia Tech, created the Green500 list, modeled after the Top500 list, to promote low-power computing. Currently topping that list is the BlueGene/Q at US Department of Energy's Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory, and it is closely followed by the BlueGene/Q at IBM's Thomas J. Watson Research Center. Both came in with 2,100.88 Mflops/W and with a power usage of 41.1 kilowatts.

Last year, GT highlighted the work of Andrew Whitehead, then at Louisiana State University. Whitehead, his colleague Fernando Galvez at LSU, and their team reported that exposure to oil from the Deepwater Horizon disaster in the Gulf of Mexico affected gene expression levels in killifish living in the salt marshes along the coast. While Whitehead has since moved his lab to the University of California, Davis, he is continuing to study how the spill has affected killifish. He is part of a collaboration that includes researchers at Washington University in St. Louis, Indiana University, the University of Miami, Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution, and Mount Desert Island Biological Laboratory that is sequencing the killifish genome with a grant from the National Science Foundation.

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