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Paired Ends: Alexander Kohlmann, Jeffrey Gordon

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Alexander Kohlmann is now director of bioscience at AstraZeneca. Previously, he was headed up the department of next-generation sequencing and microarrays at the Munich Leukemia Laboratory. Before that, he was research alliance manager at Roche Diagnostics.


Jeffrey Gordon, director of Washington University School of Medicine's Center for Genome Sciences and Systems Biology has won the 2014 Passano Foundation Award for his work demonstrating how gut microbes influence human health.

Gordon joined Wash U's School of Medicine in 1981. He is a member of the National Academy of Sciences, the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, and the Institute of Medicine of the National Academies.

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