The Howard Hughes Medical Institute has chosen a University of California, Berkeley, biochemist and stem cell researcher to serve as its next president. linkurl:Robert Tjian,; an HHMI investigator since 1987, will replace outgoing president, Thomas Cech, on April 1, 2009, when Cech linkurl:leaves; his post. HHMI sent an E-mail to its investigators earlier today announcing the decision. "Bob Tjian is a distinguished and productive scientist who is also a committed teacher and mentor of young scientists," the E-mail read. "He is known as a person of impeccable taste in science who commands a great breadth of understanding across the life sciences." Tjian and his collaborators at UC Berkeley study chromatin regulation and the biochemical mechanisms for turning genes on and off, and over the past 20 years have isolated and characterized more than 100 essential drosophila and human gene transcription factors. Tjian was linkurl:one of the 100 most cited scientists...

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