Press Release February 12, 2016

JAX Genomic Medicine employee count reaches 200

The Jackson Laboratory (JAX) for Genomic Medicine has now reached 200 employees. This is the latest milestone in the nonprofit institution’s strategic plan.

“This is good news for JAX, and good news for Connecticut,” says JAX President and CEO Edison Liu, M.D. “We’re contributing to the state’s biomedical sector by providing good jobs for Connecticut residents and drawing top research talent from around the world.”

 JAX Genomic Medicine, which opened in the fall of 2014, “is well on its way to meeting our 10-year goal of employing 300 biomedical researchers, technicians and support staff in our state-of-the-art computing facilities and laboratories,” Liu notes.

The 200th employee hired is research data analyst Nathan Lawlor, a native of Farmington, Conn. He recently obtained a Master’s of Science in microbial systems analysis at UConn, and last summer interned in the computational sciences department of JAX Genomic Medicine.

“During that time,” Lawlor says, “I not only had the chance to learn about state-of-the art techniques in computational biology and genomics, I also met some of the most innovative, welcoming and passionate scientists. Ultimately, I was motivated to work at JAX so that I could continue to be a part of this wonderful community and further contribute to their mission.”

In recent weeks JAX Genomic Medicine researchers have published research on advancing techniques for modeling human diseases and new insights into how the human genome is organized in three dimensions.