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Migrations: Jan 23, 2009

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Genentech this week announced that Jennifer Doudna has been named vice president of discovery research.

In this newly created position, Doudna will oversee the departments of protein chemistry and structural biology. She will be a member of the small molecule drug discovery senior leadership team and will participate in therapeutic RNA discovery efforts. Doudna will report to Richard Scheller, executive vice president of research and chief scientific officer.

Doudna was previously a professor in the department of molecular and cell biology and the department of chemistry, as well as a Howard Hughes Medical Institute Investigator at the University of California, Berkeley. Prior to UC Berkeley, Doudna was Henry Ford II Professor in the department of molecular biophysics and biochemistry at Yale University.

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