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People In The News: Jul 8, 2011

By a GenomeWeb staff reporter

NEW YORK (GenomeWeb News) – Former Myriad Genetic Laboratories President Gregory Critchfield has joined the board of directors at Saladax Biomedical. Before working at Myriad, which he left in 2010, Critchfield was CMO and CSO at Corning Clinical Laboratories, and he was a medical school faculty member at the University of Minnesota, Wayne State University, and Duke University. Critchfield also has served as a director at Metamark Genetics, Biocius Life Sciences, and BioTrove.

BD Diagnostics this week said it has named Patrick Murray as its worldwide director of scientific affairs, diagnostic systems. Murray recently was chief of the Microbiology Service and senior scientist at the National Institutes of Health Clinical Center, and before that he was head of clinical microbiology at the University of Maryland Medical Center and a professor in the Department of Medicine & Pathology at Washington University in Saint Louis.

23andMe has appointed Ashley Dombkowski to be its chief business officer, where she will be responsible for the firm's translational collaboration initiatives. Dombkowski, who has previously been a member of the company's board of directors, spent 10 years at MPM Capital as managing director and also formerly was a healthcare analyst at Tiger Management and Dresdner RCM Global Investors.

The Federation of American Societies for Experimental Biology (FASEB) said this week that Joseph LaManna assumed the role of president for the group at the beginning of July. LaManna is a professor of physiology and biophysics, neurology and neuroscience at the Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine, where he has been on faculty for three decades.

The National Human Genome Research Institute has named Paul Liu to be deputy scientific director. Liu joined NIH in 1993 as an intramural scientist, and he has led the Oncogenesis and Development Section within NHGRI's Genetics and Molecular Biology Branch.

Over the past four years, Liu has become involved in development of NHGRI's research planning as an advisor to NIH's Deputy Director for Intramural Research, and he has served on multiple NIH search and mentoring committees.

Emory University School of Medicine has tapped Joel Saltz, director of the Emory Center for Comprehensive Informatics, to chair its newly launched biomedical informatics department. Saltz took on the role of CCI director in July 2008. He is a professor in the pathology, biostatistics and bioinformatics, and mathematics and computer science departments at Emory as well as an adjunct professor of computational science and engineering at Georgia Tech. Prior to joining Emory, Saltz was professor and chair of the department of biomedical informatics at Ohio State University.

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