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People in the News: Gregory Lucier, Mark Dronsfield, Christoph Franz, Dietrich Stephan

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Sanford-Burnham Medical Research Institute has elected Gregory Lucier to chairman of the board. He will take over from M. Wainwright Fishburn Jr., who will remain a member of the board.

Lucier is CEO and chairman of Life Technologies. He also served on Sanford-Burnham's Board of Trustees from 2005 until 2011. He holds a BS in engineering from Pennsylvania State University and an MBA from Harvard Business School.


Personalis has appointed Mark Dronsfield as director of European sales as part of the firm's recent formation of a UK subsidiary, Personalis UK Limited.

Dronsfield joins Personalis from RainDance Technologies, where he was most recently head of commercial operations in Europe. He has also held European commercial operations positions at Illumina, Affymetrix, and Life Technologies.


Roche has nominated Christoph Franz to chairman of the board of directors. He would succeed Franz Humer, who previously announced that he would not stand for re-election. Franz will not renew his contract as CEO of Lufthansa Group, which expires on May 31, 2014.


Dietrich Stephan has been named chair of the department of human genetics at the University of Pittsburgh Graduate School of Public Health and will also serve as the associate director of the Institute for Personalized Medicine, a collaborative initiative between the University of Pittsburgh Schools of the Health Sciences and UPMC.

Stephan was most recently founder, president, and CEO of Silicon Valley Biosystems. He holds a PHD in human genetics from the University of Pittsburgh.

The Scan

Interfering With Invasive Mussels

The Chicago Tribune reports that researchers are studying whether RNA interference- or CRISPR-based approaches can combat invasive freshwater mussels.

Participation Analysis

A new study finds that women tend to participate less at scientific meetings but that some changes can lead to increased involvement, the Guardian reports.

Right Whales' Decline

A research study plans to use genetic analysis to gain insight into population decline among North American right whales, according to CBC.

Science Papers Tie Rare Mutations to Short Stature, Immunodeficiency; Present Single-Cell Transcriptomics Map

In Science this week: pair of mutations in one gene uncovered in brothers with short stature and immunodeficiency, and more.