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Paired Ends: Karin Fredrickson, Yijun Ruan

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Genomics software company Biomatters has appointed Karin Fredrikson to vice president of US operations, in charge of the company's Newark, NJ, and San Francisco operations.

Previously, Fredrickson was the director of business development for 454 sequencing at Roche and also worked in sales at Applied Biosystems. She holds an MS in biotechnology from Johns Hopkins University and a BS in animal science and biology from Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University.


The Jackson Laboratory has hired Yijun Ruan for its new center for genomic medicine at the University of Connecticut Health Center in Farmington.

Ruan is currently associate director of the Genome Institute of Singapore and a biochemistry professor at the National University of Singapore.

Ruan will bring up to six members of his research team to the Jackson lab's Connecticut facility. Ruan holds a PhD in plant molecular biology from the University of Maryland, and an MS and BS in microbiology from Huazhong Agricultural University in Wuhan, China.

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