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People In The News : May 6, 2011

By a GenomeWeb staff reporter

NEW YORK (GenomeWeb News) – Ram Laxman has been hired as the vice president of sales and sales operations in Asia at Pacific Biosciences. He joins PacBio after seven years at Illumina, most recently managing its Asian distributor organization across Australia, Taiwan, Korea, Thailand, Malaysia, Philippines, Indonesia, Vietnam, India, and Pakistan. Previously, he spent six years as an application scientist at Illumina and Research Instruments. Laxman holds a PhD in molecular biology from the National University of Singapore's School of Medicine.

The National Academy of Sciences this week released the names of its 72 new members, including a number of researchers working in molecular biology, genomics, and genetics. The list of new inductees includes:

Huda Akil, co-director, Molecular and Behavioral Neuroscience Institute, and Gardner Quarton Distinguished University Professor of Neuroscience and Psychiatry at the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor;

David Bartel, an investigator at the Howard Hughes Medical Institute, and professor of biology at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology;

Arthur Beaudet, the Henry and Emma Meyer Professor and chair, department of molecular and human genetics at Baylor College of Medicine;

George Church, director of the Lipper Center for Computational Genetics, and professor of genetics at Harvard Medical School;

Harry Dietz, an investigator at the Howard Hughes Medical Institute, a professor of genetics and medicine at the McKusick-Nathans Institute of Genetic Medicine, and in the departments of medicine, pediatrics, and molecular biology and genetics at Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine;

Scott Hultgren, a professor of molecular microbiology and director of the Center for Women's Infectious Disease Research, Washington University School of Medicine.

Steven Jacobsen, an investigator at the Howard Hughes Medical Institute and a professor in the department of molecular, cell, and developmental biology at the University of California, Los Angeles;

Brian Kobilka, a professor of molecular and cellular physiology and medicine at Stanford University School of Medicine.

Ching Kung, a professor of genetics and molecular biology at the University of Wisconsin, Madison;

A full list of new members can be found here.

Gilbert Omenn has been appointed to the board of directors for the Hastings Center. Omenn is a professor of internal medicine, human genetics, and public health at the University of Michigan and he serves on the board of directors at Amgen. He formerly was executive VP for medical affairs and CEO of the University of Michigan Health System, and he previously was president of the American Association for the Advancement of Science.

Flourotechnics said this week that director James Walker has retired and did not seek reelection at its annual meeting.

HTG Molecular Diagnostics has appointed John Lubniewski to be its chief business officer. He will be responsible for sales, marketing , and product development teams in the areas of molecular testing, translational medicine, and pharmaceutical clinical development and pathology laboratory diagnostics. Lubniewski formerly was involved in senior management at Ventana Medical Systems, and he was a business development manager at Corning.

Helicos Biosciences said this week that Theo Melas-Kyriazi has resigned from his position on the firm's board of directors. The firm said his resignation was not due to any disagreement over operations, policies, or practices.

Matthew Potter has resigned from his position as VP of sales at Pressure Biosciences and will leave the company as of May 13. The company said it has struck an agreement with Potter to buy back his outstanding options of the firm's common stock.

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