The Institute for Systems Biology has promoted co-founder and associate director Alan Aderem to the position of director. ISB co-founder Lee Hood, who has served as president and director since the institute was founded in 2000, will continue in his role as president. Aderem’s “experience and determination will be invaluable internally as I focus on raising our profile, building our resources and expanding our partnership base,” Hood said in a statement. Before joining ISB, Aderem was head of the laboratory of signal transduction at Rockefeller University and worked in the departments of immunology and medicine at the University of Washington.
Effective December 31, Edward Scolnick will step down as president of Merck Research Laboratories and as a member of the Merck board of directors and will return to the company’s laboratories. Peter Kim, a Whitehead Institute alum, will replace Scolnick as president of Merck Research Laboratories.