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Jackson Laboratory: Paul Flicek

The Jackson Laboratory has appointed Paul Flicek its first-ever chief data science officer. Flicek will join Jax this summer to create and execute an organization-wide data science strategy, as well as lead and manage relationships with Jax's data and analytics partners. He most recently was associate director of the European Molecular Biology Laboratory's European Bioinformatics Institute (EMBL-EBI), an organization he maintains an affiliation with. Flicek is known for leading development of the Ensembl genome browser, as well as for his involvement with projects including the Encyclopedia of DNA Elements (ENCODE), the 1,000 Genomes Project, and the International Human Epigenome Consortium.

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