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Human Genome News, May 1994; 6(1)

Narla Named Acting Director of LBL Center

Mohandas Narla, head of the Department of Cell and Molecular Biology at Lawrence Berkeley Laboratory (LBL), has been named Acting Director of the LBL Human Genome Center. He succeeds geneticist Jasper Rine, who has returned to full-time research as a faculty member at the University of California, Berkeley (UCB).

Narla, a native of Madras, India, has been a senior staff scientist in the LBL Life Sciences Division since 1989 and has served on the staff of the University of California, San Francisco, since 1976. He received his bachelor's degree from the University of Madras and master's degree from the Indian Institute of Technology, Kanpur. He was awarded the Doctor of Science degree from Washington University in St. Louis in 1971.

Narla's research involves biophysical, biomechanical, and molecular biological approaches to understanding the red blood cell membrane assembly. Also, in collaboration with Eddy Rubin (LBL), Narla is exploring transgenic mouse systems and homologous recombination methods in developing animal models of sickle cell disease and thalessemias. He is a member of the American Society of Hematology and the American Society of Cell Biology.

Under Narla's direction, the genome center is expected to undertake large-scale sequencing of the human and Drosophila genomes. The center has been studying the fruit fly in collaboration with a team headed by Gerald Rubin (UCB), principal investigator for an NIH center whose goal is to complete the mapping of the Drosophila genome. Mina Bissell, Director of the LBL Life Sciences Division, says that LBL hopes to be a major participant in this effort.

HGMIS Staff


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