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People in the News: Feb 11, 2011 (rev. 1)


Bioinformatics researchers from Stanford University and Boston University are among 68 new members elected to the National Academy of Engineering.

Daphne Koller, a professor in the department of computer science at Stanford University, was recognized for contributions to representation, inference, and learning in probabilistic models with applications to robotics, vision, and biology.
As part of her research, she has focused on problems in computer vision and in computational biology and medicine.

James Joseph Collins, a professor of biomedical engineering and co-director of the Center for BioDynamics at Boston University, was selected for contributions to synthetic biology and engineered gene networks.

His research involves developing and implementing computational-experimental
methods to reverse engineer and analyze gene regulatory networks in microbes and higher organisms. He is also involved in designing and constructing synthetic gene networks for a variety of biotechnology and medical applications and using engineered gene networks to study general principles underlying gene regulation.

Omixon has appointed Martin Gollery as sales and business development director for the company’s North American operations.

In his new role, Gollery will oversee the growth and expansion of the cloud computing-based data analysis services of Omixon and customized
pipeline development services within the North American market.

Gollery has more than 12 years of experience in the bioinformatics field. Prior to joining Omixon, he was senior bioinformatics scientist at ActiveMotif, director of bioinformatics at the University of Nevada at Reno, and director of bioinformatics research at Time Logic.

This week, Omixon released the Omixon Gapped SOLiD Alignment plugin for the CLC Genomics Workbench (see related story this issue).

The Scan

Mosquitos Genetically Modified to Prevent Malaria Spread

A gene drive approach could be used to render mosquitos unable to spread malaria, researchers report in Science Advances.

Gut Microbiomes Allow Bears to Grow to Similar Sizes Despite Differing Diets

Researchers in Scientific Reports find that the makeup of brown bears' gut microbiomes allows them to reach similar sizes even when feasting on different foods.

Finding Safe Harbor in the Human Genome

In Genome Biology, researchers present a new approach to identify genomic safe harbors where transgenes can be expressed without affecting host cell function.

New Data Point to Nuanced Relationship Between Major Depression, Bipolar Disorder

Lund University researchers in JAMA Psychiatry uncover overlapping genetic liabilities for major depression and bipolar disorder.