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People in the News: Matthew Trunnell and Chuck Pieper


The Broad Institute has tapped Matthew Trunnell to serve as its new chief information officer.

Until now, Trunnell has served as manager of research computing at the Broad. Prior to that, he worked as the managing director for Genedata and as the director of technology synthesis for the Blackstone Technology group. He has also held positions in the Massachusetts Institute of Technology’s media laboratory and at Kenan Systems.

Trunnell obtained a bachelor's degree in physics and geophysics from Princeton University and a master's degree in in physical oceanography from the University of Washington, Seattle.

Cambridge Semantics said this week that one of its board members, Chuck Pieper, will take on the role of chairman and CEO of the company.

Prior to joining Cambridge Semantics, Pieper served as president and CEO of seven GE businesses and was also a vice chairman in Credit Suisse's Asset Management division.

He holds a BA from Harvard College and an MBA from Harvard Business School.

The Scan

Enzyme Involved in Lipid Metabolism Linked to Mutational Signatures

In Nature Genetics, a Wellcome Sanger Institute-led team found that APOBEC1 may contribute to the development of the SBS2 and SBS13 mutational signatures in the small intestine.

Family Genetic Risk Score Linked to Diagnostic Trajectory in Psychiatric Disorders

Researchers in JAMA Psychiatry find ties between high or low family genetic risk scores and diagnostic stability or change in four major psychiatric disorders over time.

Study Questions Existence of Fetal Microbiome

A study appearing in Nature this week suggests that the reported fetal microbiome might be the result of sample contamination.

Fruit Fly Study Explores Gut Microbiome Effects on Circadian Rhythm

With gut microbiome and gene expression experiments, researchers in PNAS see signs that the microbiome contributes to circadian rhythm synchronicity and stability in fruit flies.