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Tute Genomics has hired Mingfu Zhu to serve as its director of bioinformatics and lead research and development efforts in the area.

Prior to joining the company, Zhu was an assistant professor at the Center for Human Genome Variation at Duke University. His research interests at Duke were in computational genomics and statistical genetics. Zhu has bachelors and doctoral degrees in mathematics from the University of Science and Technology of China and Clemson University, respectively. He received postdoctoral training in bioinformatics at Duke University.

Recently, Tute also announced that Dinesh Patel joined its board of directors. Patel is the co-founder of Signal Peak Ventures — formerly called vSpring Capital. He has also held leading roles at several life sciences companies including TheraTech, which was acquired by Actavis — formerly Watson Pharmaceuticals — and Mediconnect, which was acquired by Verisk Analytics.

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