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People in the News: David Heffelfinger, Keith Jerome, Steven Miller, Gregory Tsongalis


PrimeraDx announced the appointment of David Heffelfinger as VP of engineering and systems development.

Heffelfinger has held several executive-level engineering positions at life science and medical device companies including Beckman Coulter, BD Biosciences, and Bio-Rad Laboratories; as well as with several startups and venture capital-backed companies including Biometric Imaging, Alpha Innotech, and Luminys Systems.

Heffelfinger also founded his own company, Hyperspectra. He began his career as an applied physicist at General Motors Research Laboratories.

GenturaDx announced the formation of its scientific advisory board by appointing Keith Jerome, Steven Miller, and Gregory Tsongalis.

Tsongalis, who is also GenturaDx's senior vice president of research and development, is a high-complexity clinical laboratory director, a fellow in the Academy of Clinical Biochemistry, and director of molecular pathology at the Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center.

Jerome is director of the molecular virology laboratory and an associate professor in the Department of Laboratory Medicine at the University of Washington.

Miller is medical director of the clinical microbiology laboratory and assistant professor of laboratory medicine at the University of California, San Francisco.

The Scan

Interfering With Invasive Mussels

The Chicago Tribune reports that researchers are studying whether RNA interference- or CRISPR-based approaches can combat invasive freshwater mussels.

Participation Analysis

A new study finds that women tend to participate less at scientific meetings but that some changes can lead to increased involvement, the Guardian reports.

Right Whales' Decline

A research study plans to use genetic analysis to gain insight into population decline among North American right whales, according to CBC.

Science Papers Tie Rare Mutations to Short Stature, Immunodeficiency; Present Single-Cell Transcriptomics Map

In Science this week: pair of mutations in one gene uncovered in brothers with short stature and immunodeficiency, and more.