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People in the News: Feb 26, 2010 (rev. 1)


The UK's Genome Analysis Centre has added several members to its bioinformatics staff.

Purnima Pachori has joined the center as a scientific programmer. Pachori is a recent MSc graduate from the University of East Anglia and previously worked at the Sainsbury Laboratory where she carried out work on assembly and analysis of data generated from next-generation sequencing technologies.

Shabhonam Caim is another scientific programmer who will focus on soil metagenomics and combining data obtained from different next-generation sequencing platforms. Caim is also a recent MSc graduate from UEA with experience at the Sainsbury Lab and will work with Ricardo Ramirez-Gonzalez, another new scientific programmer.

Lisa Crossman has joined TGAC to set up the center's annotation and analysis pipeline. Crossman was previously at the pathogen sequencing unit at the Wellcome Trust Sanger Institute and will work at the center for six months.

Robert Davey has been appointed software engineer and will be responsible for the development and maintenance of the center's LIMS. Davey joins TGAC from the Institute of Food Research.

TGAC is located in the Norwich Research Park and is being funded primarily by the UK's Biotechnology and Biological Sciences Research Council.

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