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Marc Williams and Janet Williams have joined Geisinger Health System's Genomic Medicine Institute. Marc Williams will serve as senior director and director of the institute and Janet Williams will be an investigator. Both begin their roles on Jan. 1.

Geisinger has tapped Marc Williams to expand its translational research program in genomic medicine. He previously served as director of the Intermountain Healthcare Clinical Genetics Institute in Salt Lake City, where Janet Williams was coordinating genetic counselor.

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