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People in the News: Jul 15, 2011 (rev. 1)

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The J. Craig Venter Institute has appointed Mark D. Adams as scientific director.

Adams will be responsible for directing all research projects at JCVI's Rockville, Md., and San Diego, Calif., campuses and will be based in the San Diego facility.

Adams joins JCVI from Case Western Reserve University, where he worked from 2003 to 2011 as an associate professor in the department of genetics and was also director of the Case Western Genomics Core Facility.

Prior to Case Western, Adams worked at Celera Genomics from 1998 to 2003, where he was first vice president for genome programs and then vice president of bioinformatics.

Adams joined Celera from the Institute for Genomic Research, where he worked with Venter as director of the DNA sequencing facility. He also worked with Venter as a postdoc at the National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke.

He holds a BA in chemistry from Warren Wilson College and a PhD in biological chemistry from the University of Michigan.

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