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DURHAM, N.C. – K. Sean Kimbro, a former executive at Emory University School of Medicine, is the new director of the Biotech Institute at

Kimbro also will serve as an associate professor of biology at NCCU. At Emory, he served as director of the Georgia Center for Health Equality. Kimbro received a PhD in molecular and microbiology at Indiana University and an undergraduate degree in biology from Washington University in St. Louis.

In a statement, Kimbro said the NCCU center would focus on disparities in health research.

"That’s our big push," he said. "We’ve got to emphasize it."

Kimbro also said he wanted to improve communications and relations with the National Institutes of Health.

Kimbro’s own research has focused on the molecular characterization of hormone-related cancers, including breast and prostate cancer.

The Julius L. Chambers Biomedical and Biotechnology Research Institute was founded at NCCU in 1998. its faculty includes 16 scientists.

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