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Robert Negm, David Weber, Iuliana Lazar

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Robert Negm has become the new vice president of business development at GenTel BioSurfaces. Prior to joining GenTel, Negm was director of business development at Whatman, Schleicher & Schuell for about two years. Prior to that, he was a program director at the National Cancer Institute for two years.


Stratagene said last week that David Weber is the company's new senior vice president of marketing, and will lead Stratagene's global marketing programs for its life sciences division. Weber most recently served as president of the Americas region for GE Healthcare. Prior to this, he was vice president of marketing and sales support for Amersham Pharmacia Biotech, which was acquired by GE Healthcare early last year. He has also served as vice president of direct marketing and customer care for Pharmacia Biotech, and vice president of marketing and supplier relations at Chemdex. Weber holds a BS in biochemistry from Rutgers University.


Iuliana Lazar, a research assistant professor at the Virginia Bioinformatics Institute at Virginia Polytechnic Institute, this week was awarded a five-year, $400,000 National Science Foundation Faculty Early Career Development Award for research on the development for microfluidic devices with mass spectrometric detection for proteomic applications.

This research will lead to the development of unique micro-analytical systems and detection strategies that can be used in the areas of biomedical research, medicine, agriculture, biodefense, and other areas that benefit from proteomic investigations, according to Virginia Tech.

The long-term objective of Lazar's project is the development of microfluidic platforms with mass spectrometric detection for bioanalytical applications. Three areas of research will be examined: microfluidic platform development, microchip-mass spectrometric interface development, and bioanalytical process implementation on the chip.

Lazar received her PhD in chemistry at Brigham Young University in 1997. Before joining VBI in 2003, she spent two years as a postdoctoral fellow at Oak Ridge National Laboratory, and three years as a principal research scientist at the Barnett Institute at Northeastern University.

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