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Jeffrey Price, Carl Bruhn, Jinsam You, Tony Tegeler, Dariusz Janecki, James Reilly, Ivan Jenkins, Jaime Smith, Susan Montgomery, Michael Hunkapiller, Catherine Burzik


Jeffrey Price has accepted a faculty position at the Burnham Institute. Price joins the institute from the University of California, San Diego, where he was an associate research scientist in the department of bioengineering, and director of the Whitaker Foundation Confocal Microscopy Resource. Price said that he is also forming a new biotech startup company, Vala Sciences. He previously founded Q3DM, a startup that specialized in automated microscopy that was purchased by Beckman Coulter late last year.

The Indiana Centers for Applied Protein Sciences announced last week that it has completed its first round of hiring. Carl Bruhn, a former laboratory biochemist who spent most of the last twenty years at multimedia company Thomson, will join INCAPS as chief business officer. On the scientific side, Jinsam You will join the center’s technology validation and protein analysis team. You, formerly a researcher at Eli Lilly, brings expertise in high-throughput LC/MS and LC/MS/MS to the team. In addition, Tony Tegeler from the laboratory of Milos Novoty at Indiana University Bloomington will join INCAPS with expertise in separation systems, mass spectrometry, and post-translational modification; and Dariusz Janecki from the laboratory of James Reilly at IU Bloomington will join the team with experience in all types of mass spectrometry approaches. Ivan Jenkins, formerly of Eli Lilly, and Jaime Smith, formerly of the Proteomic Core at the IU School of Medicine, were hired as research technicians, and Susan Montgomery, a former member of IU’s Department of Biochemistry, was hired as office manager.

Applera said last week that Michael Hunkapiller retired from his post as senior vice president and president of the company’s Applied Biosystems group. Catherine Burzik, formerly executive vice president and chief operating officer of ABI, took over Hunkapiller’s position.

The Scan

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PLOS Papers on Methicillin-Resistant Staphylococcus, Bone Marrow Smear Sequencing, More

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