N. Louise Glass, director of the Environmental Genomics & Systems Biology (EGSB) Division, announced new leadership as of October 1, 2018. Changes were implemented to diversify perspectives and ideas within the management of the Division. Ben Brown and Henrik Scheller have agreed to take on positions as Division co-deputies for science; Tanja Woyke and Chris Mungall will now serve as department heads of Functional Genomics and Molecular Ecosystems Biology, respectively.
Brown (near right) is rising to the position of EGSB co-deputy for science from his previous role of Molecular Ecosystems Biology department head. His research interests include genomics, ecotoxicology, and statistical machine learning for biosciences. Scheller (far right), who is also the vice president for feedstocks and director of cell wall biology at the Joint BioEnergy Institute, will join Brown as co-deputy for science.
The new Molecular Ecosystems Biology department head, Chris Mungall (far left), a computational research scientist, is involved in several projects including the Gene Ontology Consortium, The Monarch Initiative, and Envo. Tanja Woyke (near left), microbial genomics program lead at the DOE Joint Genome Institute, will be the Functional Genomics department head, and performs single-cell genomics research.
Nikki Humphreys, who came on board at the beginning of September 2018, will continue as the Division deputy for operations. Glass thanked those who previously served on the leadership team for their service to the Division: former science co-deputies Adam Deutschbauer and John Vogel, and former department head of Functional Genomics Diane Dickel.