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Venter Center Breaks Up TIGR and TCAG Into 10 Research Units, Shuffles Brass

NEW YORK (GenomeWeb News) — The J. Craig Venter Institute has reorganized the Institute for Genomic Research and the Center for the Advancement of Genomics into a pack of more tightly focused units, the institute said yesterday.  
 
The JCVI, with facilities in Rockville, Md., and La Jolla, Calif., will now consist of 10 distinct research groups: Genomic Medicine, Infectious Disease, Synthetic Biology & Bioenergy, Plant Genomics, Microbial & Environmental Genomics, Pathogen Functional Genomics, Applied Bioinformatics, Research Informatics, Software Engineering, and a Policy Center.
 
The institute added that its genomic sequencing arm “remains a cornerstone” of the JCVI, and that Yu-Hui Rogers will continue to lead it.
 
Craig Venter will remain president and chairman of the institute, and Robert Strausberg, who had been president of the TCAG division, has been named deputy director.
 
Eric Eisenstadt, former vice president for research of TIGR, has been named deputy vice president for research.
 
The restructuring comes around three weeks after the JCVI disclosed that Claire Fraser-Liggett has resigned as president of TIGR, and around six months since Venter consolidated TIGR, the JCVI, and the J. Craig Venter Science Foundation into a single organization, the JCVI.

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