Renowned Genomics Expert, Stephen W. Scherer, Joins CombiMatrix Molecular Diagnostics' Science Advisory Board
Dr. Scherer is a Senior Scientist in Genetics and Genomic Biology at The Hospital for Sick Children (SickKids) and Associate Professor of Medicine at the University of Toronto. He is also Director of The Centre for Applied Genomics and Associate Chief of Research at SickKids. He is one of the world's leading scientists, making contributions toward understanding the composition of the human genome for studies of genetic disease. His recent work characterizes structural variation in the human genome and examines the role genetics has in autism. He has published over 200 articles and won numerous awards, including an Honorary Doctorate from the University of Windsor, Canada's "Top 40 under 40" award, and the 2004 Steacie Prize in the Natural Sciences. He is an investigator of the Canadian Institutes of Health Research, International Scholar of the Howard Hughes Medical Institutes of Health Research, and currently chairs Genome Canada's Science Advisory Board.
“He brings to our team a wealth of knowledge and experience that will help accelerate our efforts to make high-value gene-based diagnostic tests available to doctors and their patients.”
"The research community is making exciting discoveries in the field of human genetics at a very rapid pace," said Dr. Scherer. "Unfortunately, many of these discoveries are taking a long time to reach the clinic, where they can actually help patients. CombiMatrix Molecular Diagnostics is committed to working collaboratively with researchers around the world to turn these discoveries into valuable diagnostic tests, and I am excited to be a part of that endeavor. I am particularly impressed with CombiMatrix's uniquely versatile platform, which finally offers researchers the type of flexibility in array content design that is critical in the initial stages of genomics-based diagnostics."
"I am very pleased to have someone of Dr. Scherer's considerable accomplishment in the field of human genomics join our science advisory board," said Dr. Mansoor Mohammed, President and Chief Operations Officer for CMDX. "He brings to our team a wealth of knowledge and experience that will help accelerate our efforts to make high-value gene-based diagnostic tests available to doctors and their patients."
More information about Dr. Scherer can be found at http://www.tcag.ca/scherer/.
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