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Published June

Published June 2016. Cover design by Nicole Ethen. Copyright 2016 by Van Andel Institute; all rights reserved. Van Andel Institute, 333 Bostwick Avenue, N.E. Grand Rapids, Michigan 49503, U.S.A.

VAN ANDEL RESEARCH INSTITUTE is proud to announce that its Chief Scientific Officer, Peter Jones, Ph.D., D.Sc., was elected a member of the National Academy of Sciences in May 2016. He joins VARI’s founding Director, George Vande Woude, Ph.D., who has been a member since 1993. Dr. Jones has been a long-standing leader in the field of epigenomics. His accomplishments include • publication of the first study to prove how epigenetics regulates cellular differentiation • development of DNA methylation inhibitors (DNMTi’s) as drugs • discovery that epigenetics plays a fundamental role in aging • elucidation of the biological processes for cellular self-control • identification of ways to manipulate endogenous retroviruses at the root of some cancers • co-founding the Stand Up To Cancer (SU2C) Epigenetics Dream Team and the Van Andel Research Institute–Stand Up To Cancer Epigenetics Dream Team with Stephen Baylin, M.D. We congratulate Peter on this well-deserved recognition.

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