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Garner to Lead Virginia Bioinformatics Institute
Date:10/16/2009

"VBI has an excellent track record of exploring the interface of biology, medicine and the physical sciences. The institute is in an ideal position to take advantage of the many exciting opportunities that are materializing in fields such as genetics, computational biology, and clinical research." He added: "VBI will continue to build on its strengths as one of the leading international institutes for informatics and infectious disease research."

Garner's current research focuses on three areas: applied computational biology; advanced instrumentation development; and genetics, genomics, and proteomics research that builds upon software findings and instrumentation capabilities. This includes research projects that focus on text mining (deriving high-quality information from text) and DNA microsatellite analysis (the study of short, repetitive DNA sequences that may have clinical applications).

Garner added: "Opportunities in the life sciences are opening up across the Virginia Tech campus, including possibilities to partner with translational science initiatives at the recently created Virginia Tech Carilion School of Medicine and Research Institute. VBI will work closely with Virginia Tech and key partners as part of its mission to drive science, facilitate policy and decision-making, and produce meaningful outcomes for society. We will also be moving ahead with our business development efforts to make VBI's research achievements more available via commercialization."

Garner received his Ph.D. in Plasma Physics from the University of Wisconsin-Madison in 1982. He has published widely in leading peer-reviewed journals throughout his career in plasma physics and bioengineering. He sits on several corporate advisory boards and advises government and private agencies. Garner is the founder of several biotechnology companies, including Heliotext, Xanapath, BioAutomation, and Light Biology, which was acquired by Nimblegen (now Roche Nimb
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