Russell Thomas is taking over as the director of the Institute for Chemical Safety Sciences at The Hamner Institutes for Health Sciences.

Thomas replaces Melvin Anderson, who has been named as the first Charles E. Hamner, Jr. Distinguished Fellow. He has been taksed to focus on a toxicity testing project.

Anderson remains an associate director of the chemical group.

Thomas is also the leader of the Center for Genomic Biology and Bioinformatics.

“This transition of leadership will ensure that The Hamner’s chemical safety sciences platform will remain at the forefront of the field for years to come,” said Dr. William Greenlee, chief executive officer of the Hamner. “Dr. Andersen has served the ICSS well, and I fully support him in his new role to help bring about a new paradigm in toxicity testing. The ICSS is in very capable hands with Dr. Thomas, and I look forward to the new opportunities that await The Hamner as he and Dr. Andersen lay out their strategic vision going forward.”

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