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Human Genome News, July 1990; 2(2)

Galas Appointed New DOE Associate Director

David J. Galas assumed his duties in April as the DOE Associate Director of the Office of Health and Environmental Research (OHER). He is responsible for OHER's five divisions, with a budget of $300 million: Health Effects Research Division (including radiation biology, molecular biology, and general life science research); Human Health and Assessments Division (including nuclear medicine and epidemiology research); Physical and Technological Research Division (including scientific instrumentation and radiation detection and measurement); the Ecological Research Division; and the Atmospheric and Climate Research Division. Major interdivisional programs for which he is responsible include Human Genome, Structural Biology, Radon, and Subsurface Biology.

Former Director of Molecular Biology and Professor of Biological Sciences at the University of Southern California, Galas received his B.A. in physics at the University of California at Berkeley. He was awarded the M.S. and Ph.D. degrees in physics by the University of California at Davis in cooperation with Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory (LLNL).

Before joining the faculty at the University of Southern California in 1981, Galas spent 4 years in the Molecular Biology Department of the University of Geneva in Switzerland. From 1974 to 1977 he was a senior staff scientist in the Biomedical Division of LLNL, and from 1972 to 1974 he served as scientific advisor to the Defense Science Board Task Force on Strategic Vulnerability.

His research interests have included the study of the transposition of genetic elements, the biological significance of DNA transposition in living cells, and the study of DNA-protein interactions. He has developed several techniques used in molecular biology research, including the widely used DNA "footprinting" method.


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