Richard Michelmore, a professor of genetics at UC Davis and an internationally known genomics
expert, has been selected as founding director of the UC Davis Genome Center.
"With the broad range of genomics and bioinformatics research on our campus, from food crops to laboratory
animals, UC Davis is already making unique contributions in this area," said Provost and Executive Vice
Chancellor Virginia Hinshaw.
"Dr. Michelmore has the leadership and expertise to enable UC Davis to expand these efforts and realize
new achievements in this critical multidisciplinary effort. I'm surely excited about working with him
on this endeavor."
Michelmore will oversee the hiring of 15 new faculty members in genomics and bioinformatics, as well
as the final stages of constructing and equipping the Genome Center. The center will be located in the
$95 million Genome and Biomedical Sciences Facility, located north of Tupper Hall in the health sciences
district. The building is scheduled to open in summer 2004.