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People in the News: Michael Becich


Empire Genomics has tapped Michael Becich to serve on its scientific advisory board.

Becich is a professor and the founding chair of the University of Pittsburgh’s department of biomedical informatics. He is also co-director of the university’s Clinical and Translational Science Institute and associate director of its Cancer Institute.

Becich obtained his MD and a PhD in experimental pathology from Northwestern University. His current research focuses on integrating human biorepositories and clinical phenotypes derived from electronic medical records with expression data derived from high-throughput genomics and proteomics experiments.

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