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New York Genome Center names Darnell president

By Ashok Selvam
Posted: November 29, 2012 - 10:45 am ET

The New York Genome Center has named Dr. Robert Darnell president and scientific director, according to a news release.

Darnell, whose age wasn't provided, was a member of the center's founding board and executive committee. The center also gave founding Executive Director Nancy Kelley the additional role of COO.

"I am extremely honored and excited to join the New York Genome Center at this key point in its development and to have the opportunity to shape, inform and lead this institution to achieve the center's ambitious plans," Darnell said in the release. "I look forward to launching a new multi-institutional scientific effort in New York to accelerate genomics-based fundamental research and to realize its potential to revolutionize clinical medicine."

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Darnell is known for his knowledge about RNA genomics. He's an investigator with the Howard Hughes Medical Institute and the Robert and the Harriet Heilbrunn professor of cancer biology at the Rockefeller University in New York, where he also serves as director for science programs at the Center for Clinical and Translational Science.

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