After 9-month national search, Nigel Mouncey, currently Research and Development Director for Bioengineering and Bioprocessing at Dow AgroSciences LLC, has been selected as the Director of the U.S. Department of Energy Joint Genome Institute (DOE JGI), a DOE Office of Science User Facility. Mouncey will be the DOE JGI’s fourth Director in its 20-year history. He succeeds Eddy Rubin, who announced his retirement in March 2016 after a dozen years as Director, and DOE JGI Strategic Planning Deputy Axel Visel, who has served as Interim Director since then. Read more about Mouncey’s selection on the DOE JGI website.
“I started out my career in medicine. Now that the Institute is running on all its scientific cylinders as a state of the art DOE Office of Science Genomic User Facility, I plan to return to these roots and focus my attention on addressing an important problem in human health.”
After 14 years guiding the Department of Energy Joint Genome Institute from completing DOE’s contributions to the Human Genome Project to transitioning the Institute into a National User Facility enabling the science of thousands of researchers focused on energy and environmental problems, DOE JGI Director Eddy Rubin announced on March 10, 2016 that he will be stepping down later this year.
Once a successor is found and brought onboard, Rubin will move to a position as Chief Scientific Officer for San Francisco-based startup Metabiota, a big data analytics company focused on infectious diseases and epidemic risk. Read more about Rubin’s announcement on the DOE JGI website.