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People in the News: Jim Bristow, Kevin Cronin, and J. Patrick Ravenel

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Maverix Biomics has added Jim Bristow to its scientific advisory board.

Bristow is currently the deputy of science at the Department of Energy's Joint Genome Institute where he is responsible for developing and implementing the Community Science Program which provides sequencing and analysis for projects of relevance to DOE missions in energy and environment. He also oversees the JGI's plant, fungal, microbial, and metagenome science programs, and manages JGI’s activities as a user facility. In the past, Bristow has been a faculty member at University of California, San Francisco; and has held leadership positions on several grant review boards and advisory committees for the American Heart Association, the National Institutes of Health, and DOE.


Core Informatics has hired Kevin Cronin as its chief commercial officer.

Cronin brings 25 years of experience leading sales and marketing teams serving pharmaceutical, agrochemical, consumer, and chemical companies. He joins Core from Dassault Systemes BIOVIA (formerly Accelrys) where he was most recently vice president of its North American life science division and, prior to that, was Accelrys vice president for global strategic accounts. He's also worked at Symyx and at NextBio — now owned by Illumina.


Cypher Genomics has hired J. Patrick Ravenel as chief technology officer. In the role, he will help advance Cypher's MantisTM, genome interpretation software as a service offering, and CoralTM, a biomarker discovery service.

Previously Ravenel was the vice president of software development at MedImpact Healthcare Systems. Prior to MedImpact, he had successful exits as a co-founder and a director in the areas of security and distributed transactional caching environments. He holds a B.A. in applied mathematics and scientific programming from the University of California, San Diego.


The Scan

Genome Sequences Reveal Range Mutations in Induced Pluripotent Stem Cells

Researchers in Nature Genetics detect somatic mutation variation across iPSCs generated from blood or skin fibroblast cell sources, along with selection for BCOR gene mutations.

Researchers Reprogram Plant Roots With Synthetic Genetic Circuit Strategy

Root gene expression was altered with the help of genetic circuits built around a series of synthetic transcriptional regulators in the Nicotiana benthamiana plant in a Science paper.

Infectious Disease Tracking Study Compares Genome Sequencing Approaches

Researchers in BMC Genomics see advantages for capture-based Illumina sequencing and amplicon-based sequencing on the Nanopore instrument, depending on the situation or samples available.

LINE-1 Linked to Premature Aging Conditions

Researchers report in Science Translational Medicine that the accumulation of LINE-1 RNA contributes to premature aging conditions and that symptoms can be improved by targeting them.