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Eric Olivares is clinical NGS R&D lead at InVitae. He is the founder of SEQAnswers and was a staff scientist at Pacific Biosciences from 2008-2011. He was also a senior scientist at Invitrogen and a scientific writer/marketing consultant at System Biosciences. He holds a PhD in genetics from Stanford University and a BS in genetics from the University of California, Davis.


Agilent Technologies has named Jindan Yu, an assistant professor of medicine at Northwestern University, winner of its Early Career Professor Award. The accolade will provide Yu with $100,000 in unrestricted research funding.

In her research, Yu aims to use genomics and bioinformatics to understand the progression of prostate cancer, with the goal of developing novel prognostic and diagnostic tools and treatment strategies.

The Scan

Driving Malaria-Carrying Mosquitoes Down

Researchers from the UK and Italy have tested a gene drive for mosquitoes to limit the spread of malaria, NPR reports.

Office Space to Lab Space

The New York Times writes that some empty office spaces are transforming into lab spaces.

Prion Pause to Investigate

Science reports that a moratorium on prion research has been imposed at French public research institutions.

Genome Research Papers on Gut Microbe Antibiotic Response, Single-Cell RNA-Seq Clues to Metabolism, More

In Genome Research this week: gut microbial response to antibiotic treatment, approach to gauge metabolic features from single-cell RNA sequencing, and more.