ICBR Core changes concurrent with retirement of longstanding staff

Effective July 1, the Interdisciplinary Center for Biotechnology Research merged four cores into two as part of organizational changes to better represent services offered. Additionally, three cores underwent name changes. The reorganization of cores is occurring simultaneous with retirements of three longstanding ICBR staff members.

The Genotyping core merged under Gene Expression to form one Gene Expression & Genotyping core. After 34 years with the University of Florida and 26 with ICBR, the Genotyping Interim Scientific Director, Dr. Ernesto “Ernie” Almira, is entering retirement. In 1988, he joined ICBR to set up the first and only DNA Sequencing Core Lab at UF, which is now Sanger Sequencing core. Ernie has held a number of positions at ICBR over the years including director of the DNA Sequencing Core Lab, manager of the High-Throughput Sequencing Facility, Director of the Genomics Division, and Section Director of Special Projects.

In addition, the Protein Biomarkers core merged into Mass Spectrometry to form a new Proteomics & Mass Spectrometry core. The Protein Biomarkers Scientific Director, Marjorie Chow, is retiring after 28 years working at UF. Chow says she has treasured every minute working with the faculty members, students and fellow employees. Having spent the past 44 years in the United States, she plans to return to Taiwan with her two dogs and start the next chapter of her life.

Other cores changed names, including Flow Cytometry to Cytometry and Electron Microscopy and Bioimaging to Electron Microscopy. The Hybridoma core is now called Monoclonal Antibody. Scherwin Henry, Monoclonal Antibody Senior Biological Scientist, is also retiring after 40 years at UF, 25 of those at ICBR. A part of the early stages of ICBR development, Henry said the camaraderie and excitement during this time is one of his most memorable experiences. Grateful for the support UF and ICBR have given him in his community service and leadership endeavors, he is looking forward to spending time with family and pursuing other passions in retirement.

For more information about all ICBR services, please view the list of Cores.

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