Dr L. Maria Lois, appointed director of the Centre for Research in Agricultural Genomics

L. Maria Lois will succeed José Luis Riechmann as Director on 1 February

The Board of Trustees of the Centre for Research in Agricultural Genomics (CRAG) has appointed the scientist L. Maria Lois as the new director for the centre. The appointment was made at the Board of Trustees meeting in December after an international selection process coordinated by the CERCA Institute, with the participation of the CRAG External Scientific Advisory Board.

Dr Lois, who will take up her post on 1 February, is a researcher at the centre and a senior scientist at the Spanish National Research Council (CSIC).

She will be the third director of CRAG, succeeding José Luis Riechmann, who made director at the beginning of 2013 and will remain at CRAG as head of the research group, and Pere Puigdomènech, who was the founding director. Lois will be one of the few women directors among CERCA research centres in Catalonia and the Severo Ochoa centres of excellence in Spain.

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