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Larry Felser, John Tyson, Mike Shuler, John Guckenheimer, Christoph Lengauer, Keith Dunker


Larry Felser has been named director of systems and software development for Gene Network Sciences, of Ithaca, NY. Felser, who will oversee the company’s cell modeling and simulation platform, most recently was a software development director at Autodesk. The company has also appointed four new members to its scientific advisory board. John Tyson, a professor of molecular cell biology at Virginia Tech, and Mike Shuler, a Cornell University professor of chemical engineering, both were selected for their experience in cell system and biochemical circuit modeling. John Guckenheimer, a Cornell mathematics professor, is an expert in dynamical systems and chaos theory, and Christoph Lengauer, an assistant professor of oncology at the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine, has studied the genetics and cell biology of colon cancer. The 22-person company plans to grow to 34 in the near future.


Keith Dunker has signed on as director of the center for bioinformatics at Ingen, the Indiana Genomics Inititative, and as a professor at IU School of Medicine in Indianapolis. Dunker has been a professor at Washington State University since 1975, and uses bioinformatics to study the relationship between protein folding and function.

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