From the Jackson Laboratory
On August 26, The Jackson Laboratory named Edison Liu, M.D., as its new president and chief executive officer. Liu will officially begin his work at the Laboratory on Jan. 2, 2012.
Liu is an international leader in cancer biology, genomics, human genetics and molecular epidemiology. He is the founding executive director of the Genome Institute of Singapore, building it in less than 10 years from a staff of three into a major research institute of 27 laboratory groups and a staff of 270. Before moving to Singapore in 2001, he was the scientific director of the National Cancer Institute’s Division of Clinical Sciences in Bethesda, Md. … He is serving his second term as the elected president of the Human Genome Organization (HUGO) and his own scientific research has focused on the functional genomics of human cancers, particularly breast cancer….
Liu is also the recipient of a number of awards, including the Brinker International Award for basic science research in Breast Cancer, 1996, the Rosenthal Award from the American Association for Cancer Research, 2000, and the President’s Public Service Medal for helping Singapore resolve the SARS crisis, 2007.
In his spare time, Liu pursues jazz piano and composition, and writes for the lay public in regional newspapers and magazines on science, medicine and society.