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UCSC Creates New Department for Bioinformatics, Microarray Research

NEW YORK, Feb. 18 (GenomeWeb News) - The University of California, Santa Cruz, has created a department of biomolecular engineering that will consolidate the school's bioinformatics programs and will include faculty and researchers in nanotechnology, protein engineering, and DNA microarrays, the school said yesterday.


David Deamer, a professor of chemistry and biochemistry, will serve as acting chairman of the department as the school recruits a permanent chairperson, the school said in a statement. The new department will be located in the Baskin School of Engineering.


David Haussler, a Howard Hughes Medical Institute investigator and director of UCSC's Center for Biomolecular Science and Engineering, and Kevin Karplus, director of the engineering school's undergraduate and graduate programs in bioinformatics, will join the department, which is expected to total 14 faculty members in disciplines that will encompass engineering, computer science, biology, and chemistry.


The school will establish undergraduate and graduate degree programs in biomolecular engineering focusing on engineering "of, with, or for biological molecules," the school said.

The Scan

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