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Paired Ends: Richard Scheuermann, Bert Weimer, Hao Zhang


Richard Scheuermann has been appointed to director of informatics at the J. Craig Venter Institute, effective May 1. He will be based in the San Diego, Calif., facility and will be responsible for the informatics programs at both the San Diego and Rockville, Md., campuses.

Scheuermann joins JCVI from the University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center in Dallas, where he has been since 1992, most recently as professor in the department of pathology.

He holds a BS in life sciences from Massachusetts Institute of Technology and a PhD in molecular biology from the University of California, Berkeley.

Bert Weimer
and Hao Zhang have been appointed co-directors of [email protected], a partnership between BGI and the University of California, Davis, that will be managed by a steering committee composed of both UC Davis and BGI personnel. Weimer and Zhang will be responsible for the day-to-day operations of the center, which will be located on UC Davis' Sacramento campus.

Weimer is a professor in the department of population health and reproduction at the UC Davis School of Veterinary Medicine. Previously, he was director of the Center for Integrated BioSystems, which provided biotechnology services and conducted genomic research, at Utah State University. He holds a BS from the University of Arizona and a PhD from Utah State.

Hao Zhang is the chief operating officer of BGI Americas. He holds a BS from Peking University and a PhD from Ohio State University.

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