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Li Joins NIGMS

Dr. Jiayin "Jerry" Li recently joined NIGMS as a program director in the Structural Genomics and Proteomics Technology Branch of the Division of Cell Biology and Biophysics. His responsibilities include helping to direct Protein Structure Initiative research centers. Li, whose expertise is in biological databases and database tools, was formerly a senior scientist at Celera Genomics, where he contributed to the design of the core Celera human genome mapping and annotation database. His work focused on database design, gene structural annotation, genome statistics, expression profile analysis and diagnostic target selection. He conducted postdoctoral research at the NCI Mouse Cancer Genetics Program in Frederick, Md.

Gallagher Appointed OCL Director

Dr. Thomas Gallagher has been appointed the new director of NIH's Office of Community Liaison. Gallagher has experience in both the public and private sectors and brings a diverse background in education and administration to his new position. OCL is charged with ensuring that local residents are represented on a wide range of NIH activities and plans, such as the development of the 20-year master plan for the Bethesda campus. As OCL director, Gallagher will be involved in a broad array of issues affecting NIH and the community, including traffic mitigation, environmental management, campus construction and security planning. Gallagher earned a Ph.D. in educational research and psychology from the University of Kansas. He began his career as a middle school teacher and high school English teacher and was named "teacher of the year" in the state of Missouri in 1984. From 1988 to 1996, he established, for the first time, special education programs in Paraguay, Bolivia and Uruguay. He has held management positions with Nike, Inc., AT&T and the state of Wisconsin. Most recently, he served as principal deputy assistant secretary for budget, technology and finance at HHS.

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