The Jackson Laboratory for Genomic Medicine, on the University of Connecticut’s Health Center campus in Farmington, has named Harvard genetics expert Charles Lee as its chief scientific director.
According to an article in the Hartford Business Journal, Lee will be the highest ranking member of Jackson Lab’s Farmington office, which will focus on genomic medicine research. He will be responsible for the overall direction and coordination of all scientific activities, the article pointed out.
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.
“I believe in the leadership, vision, and collaborative approach that The Jackson Laboratory brings to biomedical research,” Lee told the HBJ. “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.”
Lee earned his Ph.D. in 1996 at the University of Alberta in Canada, and held research fellowships at Cambridge University in England and Harvard Medical School. He eventually joined the Harvard Medical School faculty and rose to his current positions, introducing clinical genetic tests as a board-certified clinical cytogeneticist at Brigham and Women’s Hospital, while advancing his research at Harvard, according to the HBJ story.