September 30, 2008

Robert Tjian, PhD (Former Damon Runyon Sponsor) of the University of California, Berkeley, has been elected the new president of the Howard Hughes Medical Institute (HHMI).  He is a distinguished biochemist and long-time HHMI investigator, who will assume his new role on April 1, 2009.  He will succeed Thomas R. Cech, PhD (Former Damon Runyon Sponsor) who has served as HHMI's president since January 2000.  Cech recently announced his decision to step down from the presidency in order to return to full-time research and teaching at the University of Colorado, Boulder.

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