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People in the News: Jul 2, 2010 (rev. 1)


The Swiss Institute of Bioinformatics announced the winners of the 2010 SIB Young Bioinformatician award and Best Graduate Paper award during the Basel Computational Biology Conference in Basel, Switzerland, this week.

Aitana Morton de Lachapelle, a PhD student at the University of Lausanne, won the Young Bioinformatician award for her work focused on how signaling molecules called morphogens form concentration gradients that influence pattern formation during cell development.

The award for Best Graduate Paper went to Rajesh Ramaswamy, a PhD student at the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology, for his paper describing a method of reducing the computational cost of the stochastic simulation algorithm by orders of magnitude.

The Young Bioinformatician award recognizes a graduate student or young researcher who has carried out a research project focused on in silico analysis of biological sequences, structures, processes. Winners receive a CHF10,000 ($9, 437) cash prize

The Best Graduate Paper award recognizes contributions to the fields of bioinformatics and computational biology made by young researchers who have not yet completed their PhD. Award winners receive CHF 5,000 ($4, 718).

Daniel Sargent is the new director of the Statistical Center for the Cancer and Leukemia Group B, an association of cancer researchers funded primarily by National Cancer Institute.

As center director, Sargent will be the principal investigator on an NCI grant that provides more than $5 million annually to operate the CALGB Statistical Center. He will work on integrating statistical, data management, and information technology functions at Duke University with those of two NCI-funded groups - the North Central Cancer Treatment Group and the American College of Surgeons Oncology Group.

Sargent is a professor of biostatistics and oncology at Mayo and has led the clinic’s cancer statistics group for the last 10 years

Illumina has appointed Nicholas Naclerio as its new senior vice president of corporate development.

Prior to joining Illumina, Naclerio served as co-founder and executive chairman of Quanterix. He also served as executive chairman of True Materials and as president and CEO of ParAllele BioScience. He holds a PhD in electrical engineering from the University of Maryland.

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