The Jackson Laboratory hires second principal investigator for Connecticut research center
|Date: June 12, 2012||
Bar Harbor, Maine—The Jackson Laboratory for Genomic Medicine in Farmington, Conn., has hired a second principal investigator, Jeffrey Chuang, Ph.D., a computational biologist at Boston College.
Chuang’s research areas include gene regulation, molecular evolution and high-throughput lipidomics, the study of cellular pathways for lipids, or fats. He is expected to start work in August and will become an associate professor at JAX Genomic Medicine.
Chuang studied chemistry and physics at Harvard University before earning a Ph.D. in theoretical physics at MIT. He completed postdoctoral studies in biochemistry and biophysics at the University of California, San Francisco before joining the faculty at Boston College in September 2005.
At JAX Genomic Medicine, Chuang joins Yijun Ruan, Ph.D., a leader in genome sequencing and data analysis who in February was named the center’s director of genome science. Along with Chuang, Ruan and five members of Ruan’s research team from the Genome Institute of Singapore will work in temporary leased space at the University of Connecticut Health Center beginning in the summer of 2012.
Construction of a new 173,000-square-foot permanent facility for JAX Genomic Medicine will begin in January 2013 on a 17-acre parcel of the UConn Health Center campus. The facility will bring together scientists and clinicians to study human genomics and apply new discoveries to the personalized clinical care of patients with cancer, diabetes and other genetic diseases and conditions. The facility will house 300 biomedical researchers, technicians and support staff in advanced computing facilities and laboratories by 2020.
The Jackson Laboratory is an independent, nonprofit biomedical research institution based in Bar Harbor, Maine, with a facility in Sacramento, Calif. as well as the new genomic medicine institute in Farmington, Conn. It employs a total staff of about 1,400. Its mission is to discover the genetic basis for preventing, treating and curing human disease, and to enable research and education for the global biomedical community.
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