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People in the News: May 27, 2011 (rev. 1)


Exosome Diagnostics, a developer of biofluid-based molecular diagnostic tests for personalized medicine, has selected John Quackenbush to serve on its scientific advisory board.

Quackenbush is professor of computational biology and bioinformatics at the Dana-Faber Cancer Institute. Currently, his research focuses include the identification of expression fingerprints and genomic alterations that are relevant to colon and breast tumor metastasis; the development of novel computational approaches for the interpretation of large-scale datasets; and methods for data integration to facilitate gene discovery.

He completed a PhD in theoretical physics followed by a two-year postdoctoral position in experimental particle physics and phenomenology both at the University of California, Los Angeles.

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