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Human Genome News, May 1991; 3(1)

NIH PACHG Appoints New Members, Chair

Stanford biochemist and molecular biologist Paul Berg will succeed Norton D. Zinder (Rockefeller University) as Chair of the National Center for Human Genome Research (NCHGR) Program Advisory Committee on the Human Genome (PACHG). He will also serve with Sheldon Wolff (University of California) as Cochair of the DOE-NIH Joint Subcommittee on the Human Genome. Berg and two other new members, Diane Smith and Robert Tjian, join PACHG for 4-year terms. Berg is currently Director of the Beckman Center for Molecular and Genetic Medicine in Palo Alto, California, and professor of biochemistry at Stanford University School of Medicine.

Among his many honors are California Scientist of the Year (1963), the Albert Lasker Basic Medical Research Award, the Nobel Prize in Chemistry, and the National Medal of Science. His memberships include the National Academy of Sciences, the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, the Institute of Medicine, and the French Academy of Sciences. Berg coauthored the recently published reference text Genes and Genomes.

Diane C. Smith, who replaces outgoing committee member Jaime Carbonell (Carnegie-Mellon University), is an engineer and mathematician who has been working in the field of computer science since 1972. After serving on the computer science faculty at the University of Utah, she joined the Computer Corporation of America as Vice President for Advanced Information Technology. Smith is currently manager of technology development for the Custom Systems Division of the Xerox Corporation.

Robert Tjian replaces David Botstein (Stanford University School of Medicine). Tjian brings broad experience in the areas of molecular and cellular biology to the committee, with a specific focus in the field of virology and regulation of gene transcription. He has been an investigator at Howard Hughes Medical Institute since 1987 and professor in the Department of Biochemistry, University of California, Berkeley, since 1982. His awards include the Pfizer Award for Enzymology in 1983 and the Milken Family Medical Foundation Cancer Research Award in 1988.

The 12 PACHG members are selected by Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) Secretary Louis W. Sullivan. PACHG gives advice on research directions and goals of the Human Genome Project to the DHHS Assistant Secretary for Health, the NIH Director, and the NCHGR Director.

See HGN 2(3), 7 (September 1990) for a complete list of PACHG members.


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  • Office of Communications
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    Bethesda, MD 20892
    301/402-0911
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