Pioneer Valley Life Sciences Institute Names New Science Director

November 3, 2010

SPRINGFIELD, Mass. – The Pioneer Valley Life Sciences Institute has appointed D. Joseph Jerry, PhD, to the position of science director. A professor of veterinary and animal sciences at the University of Massachusetts Amherst, Jerry is a renowned geneticist with expertise in tumor suppressor genes and their implications for many different types of cancer.

He is the co-inventor on a number of patents and has National Institutes of Health-funded research programs investigating environmental and genetic mechanisms that influence risk and resistance to breast cancer. Jerry was also selected by his peers to chair the 2009 Gordon Conference on Mammary Research and has served on NIH grant review committees for clinical and molecular pathobiology and molecular oncology.

“I’m excited to expand my role at the PVLSI,” said Jerry. “The institute serves as an important conduit for translational research in western Massachusetts. Its strategic location offers a wealth of opportunities for researchers and clinicians to collaborate on projects to improve diagnostic and treatment options and outcomes for patients.” Jerry will also continue in his role as director of the Center for Breast Cancer Research at the PVLSI.

Jerry replaces Lawrence Schwartz, PhD, one of the founding directors of the PVLSI, who also served as the institute’s science director since its inception in 2004. Schwartz was recently appointed Eugene M. and Ronnie Isenberg Professor of Integrative Science at UMass Amherst. “Under Larry’s direction, the PVLSI grew from an idea, to a world-class research center, and has received more than $30 million in funding support, from both public and private sources. We plan to continue to work with Larry whenever possible, and wish him every success in his new role,” said Dr. Paul Friedmann, executive director of the PVLSI.

Friedmann added, “I am delighted that Joe has accepted the role of science director at the PVLSI. Joe is a world-class researcher, and leader in the area of breast cancer prevention. The institute is lucky to have one great leader succeeding another.”

 

About the Pioneer Valley Life Sciences Institute

PVLSI was created in 2002 as a joint venture of Baystate Medical Center and the University of Massachusetts Amherst with the dual missions of biomedical research and economic development. Drawing on each of the founders as well as its own researchers, the institute brings together physicians, scientists, and engineers to create interdisciplinary and multidisciplinary teams focused on the molecular mechanisms of disease and the development of new diagnostic and therapeutic tools. For more information, go to www.pvlsi.org.

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