New director of UF Genetics Institute

The UF Genetics Institute names internationally noted genetics expert Patrick Concannon, PhD as director.

The UF Genetics Institute has named a new director, internationally noted genetics expert Patrick Concannon, PhD.

Concannon, who will start at UF in January 2013, will oversee a vast research enterprise that draws on scientists from across the entire UF campus.

CN_replaces myth busters news release_Concannon_Patrick-9-6-2012Concannon, who earned a doctorate in biology at the University of California, Los Angeles, comes to UF from the University of Virginia, where he is the associate director of the Center for Public Health Genomics, the Harrison professor of biochemistry and molecular genetics and a professor of hematology and oncology. Previously, he served as associate institute director and molecular genetics program director at the Benaroya Research Institute at Virginia Mason in Seattle. He also was an affiliate professor of immunology at the University of Washington.

Concannon will succeed Kenneth Berns, MD, PhD, who is retiring after almost a decade as director of the UF Genetics Institute.