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Angela Christiano, Joseph Carroll, Colin Jahoda, Paul Khavari, James Krueger, Thomas Kupper, Elise Olsen, Fiona Watt, Eduardo Mestre, Lola Grace, and Edward Travaglianti


Sirna Therapeutics announced this week a number of new appointment in conjunction with its establishment of a dermatology division.

The company said that Angela Christiano, an associate professor at Columbia University and co-founder of recent Sirna acquisition Skinetics Biosciences, will act as a consultant to Sirna’s dermatology division.

Sirna also said that Joseph Carroll formerly a senior scientists at Millennium Pharmaceuticals, has joined the dermatology division. Colin Jahoda, of Skinetics, will also serve as a consultant to the new division.

Sirna also announced the establishment of a scientific advisory board for Sirna Dermatology. The new members of the SAB include Paul Khavari, a professor at Stanford University School of Medicine. Khavari holds a PhD from Stanford and an MD from Yale University, said Sirna.

Also joining the SAB are James Krueger, a professor at Rockefeller University who holds a PhD from Rockefeller and an MD from Cornell University Medical College; Thomas Kupper, a professor at Harvard Medical School with an MD from Yale University’s School of Medicine; Elise Olsen, a professor at Duke University Medical Center; and Fiona Watt, a researcher at Cancer Research UK.

Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory’s board of trustees has elected Eduardo Mestre as its chairman, the institution said this week.

Mestre has been a member of Cold Spring Harbor Lab’s board since 2001. He is currently vice chairman of Evercore Partners, an investment and advisory firm. Prior to this, he served as chairman of investment banking at Citigroup.

Cold Spring Harbor Lab also said this week that Lola Grace has been named vice chairman of the board of trustees, and Edward Travaglianti has been named treasurer.

Grace is currently managing director of Sterling Grace Capital Management. She has previously served as Cold Spring Harbor Lab’s treasurer and secretary.

Travaglianti is president of Commerce Bank, Long Island, and joined Cold Spring Harbor Lab’s board of trustees in 2003.

The Scan

Booster for At-Risk

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Preprints OK to Mention Again

Nature News reports the Australian Research Council has changed its new policy and now allows preprints to be cited in grant applications.

Hundreds of Millions More to Share

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In Nature this week: changes in molecular program during embryonic development leads to different neural cell types, and more.