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SCIENTIFIC DIRECTORS
The convergence of structural biology and cellular biology


Professor Eva Pebay-Peyroula
Director, Institute for Structural Biology (IBS); President, French National Research Agency; Member, French Academy of ScienceDirector, Institute for Structural Biology (IBS); President, French National Research Agency; Member, French Academy of Sciences; Professor, Grenoble University (Joseph Fourier University)
The convergence of structural biology and cellular biology is already well underway at Grenoble's three biology institutes (IBS, UVHCI, and IRTSV). An influx of €24 million in funding under the French government's economic stimulus package is expected to bring convergence about even faster.

The funding will be used to develop new approaches to integrated structural biology, such as coupling optical and electronic microscopy. Grenoble-based researchers will focus on topics like the interactions between host cells and pathogens and chloroplast modeling, which brings together experimentation and bioinformatics.

In addition, Grenoble's research community also has access to two world-class large instruments: the European Synchrotron Radiation Facility (ESRF) and the Institut Laue-Langevin (ILL) as well as a local branch of the EMBL (European Molecular Biology Laboratory).


Professor Paul Friedmann
Executive Director of PVLSI, Dean's Professor in Biomedical Innovation at Isenberg School of Management, UMass Amherst
Dr. Paul Friedmann assumed the position of Executive Director of the Pioneer Valley Life Sciences Institute in Springfield, MA, on August 1, 2005. This biomedical research institute is a joint venture of the Baystate Health System and the University of Massachusetts Amherst. Prior to August 1, 2005, Dr. Friedmann served as Senior Vice President for Academic Affairs at Baystate Health System in Springfield, MA, and was Dean for Baystate at Tufts University School of Medicine from 1998 to 2005. He was Chairman of the Department of Surgery at Baystate Medical Center from 1971 to 1998, was interim Chairman of the Department of Surgery at Tufts University School of Medicine from 1996 to 2001, and holds the rank of Professor Emeritus of Surgery at Tufts. He also has been appointed as the Dean's Professor in Biomedical Innovation at the University of Massachusetts at Amherst. He is a graduate of the University of Pennsylvania, attended Jefferson Medical College, and received his M.D. degree in 1959 from Harvard Medical School. He received his surgical training at the Presbyterian-University of Pennsylvania Medical Center, at Roswell Park Memorial Cancer Institute in Buffalo NY, and at the Texas Medical Center in Houston TX. He also holds a Master's degree in Business Administration from the University of Massachusetts Amherst, and is a member of the President's High Technology Council of the University of Massachusetts.

He is also a member of the Biomedical Research Advisory Council of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts. He has held numerous leadership positions in medical organizations. He has served as President of the New England Society for Vascular Surgery, of the New England Surgical Society, and of the Association of Program Directors in Surgery. He was President of the Council of Medical Specialty Societies from 1997 to 1998, was Chairman of the Residency Review Committee for Surgery and was Chairman of the Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education (ACGME) from 1998 to 2000. He received a Distinguished Faculty Award from Tufts University School of Medicine in 2001, and also received a Lifetime Teaching Award from Tufts in 2007. He received the John Gienapp Award from the ACGME in 2003 for his contributions to graduate medical education. He was Chairman of the Advisory Council for General Surgery of the American College of Surgeons, and was the second vice-president of the College in 2007-2008. He is listed in Marquis Who's Who in America and Who's Who in the World.
 
 
 

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