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DNANexus said this week that it has hired Omar Serang to be its chief cloud officer.

In his new role, Serang will work with DNANexus' product management and engineering teams to improve its cloud functionality and increase adoption of cloud-based service for analyzing and managing DNA data. He'll also be responsible for driving product development roadmaps and managing compliance and integration efforts as well as evaluating, designing, and implementing cloud security and governance features.

He joins the company from Amazon Web Services where he formed its Enterprise Cloud Transformation consulting practice and was responsible for designing and deploying cloud architectures as well as providing roadmap guidance to AWS service teams. Prior to that, he was an operations engineering manager at AWS and was responsible for its Elastic Compute Cloud service quality. Serang has also served in senior operations positions at Topsy Labs, Cloudmark and Critical Path.

He holds a BS degree from the University of California, Berkeley.


Jason Moore, a professor in Dartmouth College's Geisel School of Medicine has been named a Kavli Fellow of the National Academy of Sciences for 2013 for his work in translational bioinformatics and personalized medicine.

Moore is a professor of genetics and of community and family medicine at Geisel, director of Dartmouth's Institute for Quantitative Biomedical Sciences, and associate director for bioinformatics at Norris Cotton Cancer Center at Dartmouth.

He obtained his BS in biological sciences from Florida State University; and an MS in human genetics, an MA in applied statistics, and a PhD in human genetics all from the University of Michigan.

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