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University of Maryland School of Medicine: Claire Fraser

Claire Fraser has stepped down as director of the Institute for Genome Sciences at the University of Maryland School of Medicine, but will remain a professor of medicine as well as microbiology and immunology and a researcher at IGS until her retirement next year. Jacques Ravel, professor of microbiology and immunology at UMSOM, has become acting director of IGS. Fraser founded IGS in 2007 after leaving The Institute for Genomic Research (TIGR), where she was president. TIGR in 2006 became a division of the J. Craig Venter Institute, founded by Fraser's former husband Craig Venter. She holds a PhD in pharmacology from the State University of New York Buffalo.

The Scan

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