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People in the News: Dec 3, 2010 (rev. 1)


Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute has employed Joanne Luciano as research associate professor in the institute's Tetherless World Research Constellation.

In her research, Luciano uses ontologies, mathematical modeling, and computer simulations to study diseases and share medical data.

Prior to joining RPI, Luciano worked for nearly 30 years as technology consultant in hospitals, biotechnology and pharmaceutical companies. In addition, she held a joint appointment with Harvard Medical School and Massachusetts General Hospital for nine years, where she served as a lecturer and research scientist using computational modeling to study human disease.

At the Mire Corporation, she developed InfluenzO, an ontology to support influenza research, surveillance, and outbreak monitoring and continues to lead this collaboration with the University of Maryland, the University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center, and the Canadian government.

She helped create the World Wide Web Consortium Health Care and Life Sciences special interest group which integrates the efforts of pharmaceutical and clinical researchers, doctors, and technologists to build medical web-based technology standards.

In addition, she has been involved in the development of the BioPAX standard and is a co-organizer of the BioPathways Consortium.

Luciano holds a bachelors and masters degree in computer science as well as a doctorate in cognitive and neural systems from Boston University.

A list of recent hires by Caris Life Sciences includes Wang-Juh Chen, a bioinformatician from Arizona State University.

Chen joins a team of researchers employed at the company's Phoenix, Ariz. offices that will be responsible for developing its Carisome circulating microvesicle technology, which identifies and characterizes disease-associated circulating microvesicles in blood.

The team will focus on characterizing the novel protein markers associated with the company's assays, as well as creating synthetic microvesicles.

The Scan

For Better Odds

Bloomberg reports that a child has been born following polygenic risk score screening as an embryo.

Booster Decision Expected

The New York Times reports the US Food and Drug Administration is expected to authorize a booster dose of the Pfizer-BioNTech SARS-CoV-2 vaccine this week for individuals over 65 or at high risk.

Snipping HIV Out

The Philadelphia Inquirer reports Temple University researchers are to test a gene-editing approach for treating HIV.

PLOS Papers on Cancer Risk Scores, Typhoid Fever in Colombia, Streptococcus Protection

In PLOS this week: application of cancer polygenic risk scores across ancestries, genetic diversity of typhoid fever-causing Salmonella, and more.