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Bernd Thiede, Thomas Higgins, Christopher Yoo, Judith Swain

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Bernd Thiede will join the Biotechnology Center of Oslo in Norway to lead a research group in proteomics. Prior to joining the Oslo center, Thiede worked at the Max Planck Institute for Infection Biology in Berlin.

The Biotechnology Center of Oslo aims to build seven to eight new research groups over five to six years.


Caliper Life Sciences has named Thomas Higgins as its executive vice president and chief financial officer, the Hopkinton, Mass.-based company said last week. The appointment will become effective in early January 2005.

Higgins currently serves as executive vice president of operations and chief financial officer for VI Technologies. Prior to this, he held various positions at Cabot Corporation and PricewaterhouseCoopers. Higgins holds a BBA from Boston University.


Christopher Yoo will become director of marketing of the molecular biology division of Applied Biosystems starting in January, ProteoMonitor’s sister publication, GenomeWeb News has learned. He joins ABI from IBM’s Information Based Medicine unit, where he was head of strategy. Yoo holds a PhD in molecular and cell biology from Yale University School of Medicine and a BA from the University of Pennsylvania.


Judith Swain, chairman of the department of medicine at Stanford University, has been named the first director of the College of Integrated Life Sciences at the University of California at San Diego, the school announced recently. She will head a new multidisciplinary program that is based within the university’s health sciences department and is designed to facilitate translational research, and the training of physicians, pharmacists, and medical researchers.

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A study in the Journal of Clinical Investigation ties a heterozygous missense variant in thrombospondin 1 to childhood glaucoma.

Gene Co-Expression Database for Humans, Model Organisms Gets Update

GeneFriends has been updated to include gene and transcript co-expression networks based on RNA-seq data from 46,475 human and 34,322 mouse samples, a new paper in Nucleic Acids Research says.

New Study Investigates Genomics of Fanconi Anemia Repair Pathway in Cancer

A Rockefeller University team reports in Nature that FA repair deficiency leads to structural variants that can contribute to genomic instability.