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Movers & Shakers: Dec 17, 2010


Agilent announced this week that it has awarded David Botstein and his colleagues Joshua Rabinowitz, Benjamin Garcia, and Leonid Kruglyak an Agilent Thought Leader Award for their work in systems biology.

Botstein is professor and director of the Lewis-Sigler Institute for Integrative Genomics and the Center for Quantitative Biology at Princeton University. The three-year award from the Agilent Technologies Foundation includes a donation of a microfluidic LC chip system, a 1290 Infinity UHPLC system, and a 6500 quadrupole time-of-flight mass spectrometer. In all, the award is valued at more than $800,000.

Thermo Fisher said this week that it has elected Nelson Chai to its board of directors.

Chai is the executive vice president, chief administrative officer, and head of strategy for bank holding company CIT Group. Previously, he served as president, Asia-Pacific, for Bank of America; and executive vice president and CFO of Merrill Lynch. Chai also served in senior positions at Allied Signal, Philip Morris, and Dade-Behring.

InGen Biosciences this week appointed Isabelle Buckle as CEO, replacing Jean-Pierre Hermet, who will be moving to chairman.

Previously Buckle was business director for global strategic accounts at Applied Biosystems. Before that she worked at Ciphergen Biosystems, where she launched the company's proteomics business, and at Amersham Pharmacia Biotech.

The Scan

Driving Malaria-Carrying Mosquitoes Down

Researchers from the UK and Italy have tested a gene drive for mosquitoes to limit the spread of malaria, NPR reports.

Office Space to Lab Space

The New York Times writes that some empty office spaces are transforming into lab spaces.

Prion Pause to Investigate

Science reports that a moratorium on prion research has been imposed at French public research institutions.

Genome Research Papers on Gut Microbe Antibiotic Response, Single-Cell RNA-Seq Clues to Metabolism, More

In Genome Research this week: gut microbial response to antibiotic treatment, approach to gauge metabolic features from single-cell RNA sequencing, and more.