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People in the News: Ming Tan, Jane Rogers, Mario Caccamo, and Leif Pedersen

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Georgetown University Medical Center has tapped Ming Tan to chair its department of biostatistics, bioinformatics, and biomathematics.

Prior to coming to Georgetown, Tan was professor of epidemiology and public health as well as the head of the biostatistics division at the University of Maryland. Before that, he was a faculty member at St. Jude Children's Research Hospital Cancer Center and biostatistics director of St. Jude's Developmental Therapeutics for Solid Malignancies Program

His research interests include clinical trial design and interim analysis, statistical methods applied in molecular genetics and molecular pharmacology and cancer drug development; methods to evaluate the accuracy of diagnostic tests and biomarkers and cancer epidemiology; as well as Bayesian hierarchical modeling and applied Bayesian methods.

Tan received a PhD in statistics from Purdue University in 1990.


Jane Rogers will step down from her post as director of the Genome Analysis Center at the end of this year. She has held the position for the last five years.

Mario Caccamo, TGAC’s current head of bioinformatics, has been appointed deputy director and will temporarily lead the institute until a new director is recruited.


Accelrys has appointed Leif Pedersen to serve as its senior vice president of marketing, product management, and corporate development.

Prior to joining Accelrys, Pedersen was vice president of Siemens where he was responsible for the company’s business in the automotive, pharmaceutical, aerospace, consumer packaged goods, food and beverage, and chemicals industries. He was also vice president at UGS, a software company that was bought by Siemens, where he managed short- and long-term overall business strategy for certain markets.


The Scan

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Science Papers Examine State of Human Genomic Research, Single-Cell Protein Quantification

In Science this week: a number of editorials and policy reports discuss advances in human genomic research, and more.