Steve Musser, Bart Weimer and Dean Lairmore (left to right)
Dr. Steve Musser, director of the Office of Regulatory Science for the US Food and Drug Administration, visited the dean’s office this week to present UC Davis School of Veterinary Medicine's Dr. Bart Weimer and Dean Michael Lairmore with the “HHS Innovate” Award. The award honors Weimer’s collaborative 100K genome project, an ambitious effort to sequence the genomes of 100,000 infectious microorganisms and speed diagnosis of foodborne illnesses. Weimer, a microbiologist and professor in the Department of Population Health and Reproduction, serves as the director of the 100K Genome Project and co-director of the recently established BGI@UC Davis facility, where the sequencing will be done. Dr. Musser was also the authority that funded the 100K pathogen genome project, initiated the HHS Innovate nomination with Eric Brown (FDA) and is driving the move to genomics for outbreak investigation within CFSAN in cooperation with Eric Brown and Marc Allard. More on the 100k genome project.