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J. Craig Venter Institute Names Robert Friedman, Ph.D., Deputy Director of West Coast Facility
Date:6/26/2008

logy Assessment, United States Congress (OTA) where he advised Congressional committees on environmental and natural resources policy.

Friedman received his Ph.D. from the University of Wisconsin, Madison in Ecological Systems Analysis concentrating in ecology, environmental engineering and systems analysis. He is Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science.

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Karen E. Nelson, Ph.D., New Director of Human Microbiology and Metagenomics, JCVI Human Genomic Medicine Group

Dr. Nelson has been a leader in the newly emerging field of human metagenomics having completed the first survey of the human gastrointestinal tract. In her new role, Dr. Nelson will lead a team of scientists to continue their groundbreaking work in cataloguing and understanding the microbes in the human body. She is currently a principal investigator on the large, multi-center grant from the National Institutes of Health's Human Microbiome Project. The goal of this project is to sequence and understand the microbes that live in the human body and their relationship to human health and disease. Dr. Nelson, who has been with the JCVI and its legacy organizations since 1996, has extensive experience in microbial ecology and genomics, as well as in microbial physiology. She led the whole genome sequencing of the Thermotoga maritima MSB8 genome, Pseudomonas putida KT2440 genome, the comparative analyses of Listeria monocytogenes strains, and Campylobacter species, Fibrobacter succinogenes, Ruminococcus albus, Salinibacter ruber and Arthrobacter aurescens. Dr. Nelson received her B.Sc. in Animal Science from the University of the West Indies, Trinidad and Tobago, her M.Sc. in Animal Science from the University of Florida, Gainesville and her Ph.D. in Microbiology from Cornell University.

Samuel Levy, Ph.D., New Director of Human Genomics, JCVI Human Genomic Medicine Group

Dr. Levy was the leading scientist
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