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Greg Matera, PhD, professor in the departments of biology and genetics, will assume leadership of the Integrative Program for Biological Genome Sciences (iBGS) on August 1. Matera succeeds Bob Duronio, PhD, who has led iBGS since 2012.

In his role, Matera will oversee all activities of iBGS, an interdisciplinary program that links the College of Arts and Sciences and the School of Medicine to foster research focused on the mechanistic understanding of biological processes.

Matera will continue his research program to understand cellular, molecular and developmental biological processes by specifically studying epigenetic gene regulation and small ribonucleoproteins. His translational research also focuses on spinal muscular atrophy – a genetic disease that affects motor neurons that leads to voluntary muscle weakness. Matera is a core faculty member of iBGS and brings a deep knowledge of the program to this role.