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David Wild, professor at the Indiana University School of Informatics, has been named editor-in-chief of the recently launched Journal of Cheminformatics, published by Chemistry Central and BioMed Central.

Wild will lead the journal jointly with Christoph Steinbeck, director of cheminformatics at the European Bioinformatics Institute.


Eric Siggia, professor and head of the Laboratory of Theoretical Condensed Matter Physics at Rockefeller University, has been elected to the National Academy of Sciences.

Siggia's lab is focused on developing informatics tools to study gene expression, regulatory motifs, and binding preferences of transcription factors.

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