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Human Genome News, July-September 1996; 8(1)

Palazzolo Named Genome Center Director

Michael Palazzolo has been appointed Director of the Human Genome Center at Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory (LBNL). In making the announcement, LBNL Director Charles Shank said Palazzolo "has developed and adapted new technologies to directly sequence DNA on a massive scale. His innovations have been key to placing the Berkeley Genome Center at the cutting edge of genomic sciences worldwide." Palazzolo succeeds Acting Director Mohandas Narla, who assumes leadership of a new department in the Life Sciences Division that will combine studies of membrane proteins with innovative microscopies.

Palazzolo received his B.A. in chemistry and M.D.-Ph.D. in Medicine and Physiology from Columbia University. From 1985 to 1990 he did postdoctoral research at California Institute of Technology and in 1990 91 was a research assistant professor with the Department of Genetics at Washington University School of Medicine, St. Louis.

In a cooperative effort with Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory and Los Alamos National Laboratory to sequence nearly one-third of the total 3 billion base pairs of human genes, the LBNL center has completed more than 5 million base pairs at a current rate of 500,000 a month. The center is also engaged in a major collaboration with the University of California, Berkeley, and Carnegie Institution to map, sequence, and characterize the genome of the fruit fly Drosophila melanogaster.

Palazzolo said he looks forward to leading the center (http://www-hgc.lbl.gov/GenomeHome.html)--> through its next phases, including final sequencing of the human genome.

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