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People in the News: Apr 16, 2010 (rev. 1)


DNAnexus, a bioinformatics startup that plans to offer data storage and analysis services for next-generation sequencing, has disclosed members of its management team and scientific advisory board on its website.

Andreas Sundquist is the company's co-founder and CEO. He holds a PhD in computer science from Stanford University and a master's and a bachelor's degree in electrical engineering and computer science from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.

Arend Sidow is a co-founder of DNAnexus. He is an associate professor of pathology and genetics at Stanford, as well as director of computation at the recently established Stanford Center for Genomics and Personalized Medicine.

Serafim Batzoglou, another company co-founder, is an associate professor of computer science at Stanford. His research focuses on computational methods for sequence analysis, particularly in whole-genome assembly and comparative genomics.

DNAnexus' scientific advisory board includes Jeff Heer, an assistant professor in the computer science department at Stanford; Rick Myers, director of the HudsonAlpha Institute for Biotechnology; Gavin Sherlock, an assistant research professor in the department of genetics at the Stanford School of Medicine; and Mike Snyder, professor and chair of the department of genetics at Stanford and director of the Stanford Center for Genomics and Personalized Medicine.

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