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People in the News: Apr 27, 2010


Expression Analysis this week announced two additions to its scientific management team. Patrick Hurban has been named vice president of research and development at the Durham, NC-based firm, while Louise Grant has been appointed director of operations.

Hurban hold a PhD in human genetics from the University of Utah School of Medicine and did his postdoc at Stanford University School of Medicine in the departments of developmental biology and biochemistry.

Grant was most recently microbiology program director at BioMérieux. She also did research at Johns Hopkins Medical Institution in Baltimore and was responsible for R&D, technical support, and product management at Becton Dickinson.

Duncan Whitney was recently named vice president of research and development at Allegro Diagnostics.

Whitney previously held executive-level scientific roles at Exact Sciences, US Genomics, and Progenika. He holds a PhD and MS in chemistry from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and a BS in chemistry from Colby College.

Ambry Genetics said last week that Ardy Arianpour has been promoted to vice president of business development from his previous position as director of business development.

Joseph Palauskis has joined Ocimum Biosolutions' scientific advisory board.

Palauskis is currently an adjunct associate professor in the department of pathology at Michigan Medical School in Ann Arbor. He is also a manager at the International Genomics Consortium in Phoenix.

The Scan

UK Team Presents Genetic, Epigenetic Sequencing Method

Using enzymatic DNA preparation steps, researchers in Nature Biotechnology develop a strategy for sequencing DNA, along with 5-methylcytosine and 5-hydroxymethylcytosine, on existing sequencers.

DNA Biobank Developed for French Kidney Donors, Recipients

The KiT-GENIE biobank described in the European Journal of Human Genetics contains DNA samples, genotyping profiles, immune patterns, and clinical features for thousands of kidney donors or transplant recipients in Nantes, France.

Cardiometabolic Disease May Have Distinct Associations With Microbial Metabolites in Blood, Gut

By analyzing gut microbes in combination with related metabolites in feces and blood, researchers in Nature Communications found distinct cardiometabolic disease relationships at each site.

Study Reveals New Details About Genetics of Major Cause of Female Infertility

Researchers in Nature Medicine conducted a whole-exome sequencing study of mote than a thousand patients with premature ovarian insufficiency.