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Jackson Laboratory names Charles Lee chief scientific director

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Jackson Laboratory for Genomic Medicine has named Harvard genetics expert Charles Lee as its chief scientific director, according to a report in the Hartford Business Journal.

Lee will be the highest ranking member of Jackson Lab's Farmington, Connecticut, office, which will focus on genomic medicine research. He will be responsible for the overall direction and coordination of all scientific activities, officials said.

Lee, who currently directs the molecular genetics research unit at Brigham and Women's Hospital and the cytogenetics facility for the Harvard Cancer Center in Boston, will report directly to Edison Liu, the CEO and president of Jackson Lab, a Bar Harbor, Maine nonprofit biomedical research organization, noted the HBJ.

"I believe in the leadership, vision, and collaborative approach that The Jackson Laboratory brings to biomedical research," Lee said. "JAX Genomic Medicine will be dedicated to combining JAX's expertise in genetics and genomics with the clinical experiences of partners in Connecticut hospitals. Together, we will develop sophisticated, precision clinical testing and usher in new treatments for cancer and other diseases for residents of Connecticut and beyond."

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