The Institute for Systems Genetics at NYU’s Langone Medical Center

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Institute for Systems Genetics

Jef Boeke is an accomplished molecular and genomic biologist, geneticist, and university professor, who founded the Institute for Systems Genetics at New York University’s Langone Medical Center in 2014. Jef Boeke’s goal as the director is to make the Institute one of the world’s leading centers of modern genetic research.

The Institute for Systems Genetics (ISG) takes an integrated approach to bringing diverse research talents, ranging from computational biologists to human organism geneticists, under one organizational umbrella. The Institute also welcomes technology developers and scientists with an engineering approach to the discipline.

A number of papers have been published about research conducted at the ISG over the past two years, including Dr. Boeke’s “Much Ado about Zero,” which examines a newly revealed open reading frame related to an emerging retrotransposon gene that may be able to be fused to adjacent host sequences, and to adopt various fates.

In addition, the ISG sponsors events on such leading-edge topics as “Genetic Architecture of Human Disease in Light of Evolution and Function.” The Institute for Systems Genetics is currently engaged in a faculty search for assistant professors.


CPNAS Explores the Relationship between Culture and Science

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Cultural Programs of the National Academy of Sciences

Experienced educator and geneticist Dr. Jef Boeke works as a professor at NYU School of Medicine and leads as the founding director of the Institute for Systems Genetics at the NYU Langone Medical Center in New York City. In recognition of his accomplishments, Dr. Jef Boeke has earned induction into three national academies, including the prestigious National Academy of Sciences.

In addition to overseeing activities aimed at providing the nation with independent, objective guidance on scientific and technological matters, the National Academy of Sciences (NAS) conducts its diverse Cultural Programs initiative in an effort to highlight the relationship between culture and science. Through permanent and rotating art exhibits, theatrical readings, lectures, and other public events, Cultural Programs of the National Academy of Sciences (CPNAS) showcases interdisciplinary projects and helps communicate the history of science to NAS visitors.

Currently, CPNAS is showing several exhibitions, including Sentient Chamber, an interactive architectural installation that reacts to the presence of visitors through effects of light and sound. Created with the help of architects, engineers, scientists, and artists, the interdisciplinary exhibit opened on November 2, 2015, and will be on display at the NAS building in Washington, DC, until May 31, 2016.

As with other CPNAS exhibitions and events, Sentient Chamber is open to the public free of charge. For more information about it and/or CPNAS, visit

A Brief Introduction to the Dobro Resonator Guitar

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Dobro Guitar

An accomplished researcher with decades of experience in genetics and molecular biology, Dr. Jef Boeke serves as the founding director of the Institute for Systems Genetics at the NYU Langone Medical Center. In his free time, Dr. Jef Boeke enjoys being outdoors, spending time with his family, and playing the Dobro. Jef Boeke has played the Dobro in the Celtic-bluegrass fusion trio, the Southern Blots, for over 35 years. The Southern Bltos’ album can be heard on

Most often played in bluegrass, country, and blues music, the Dobro is a type of acoustic guitar featuring a conical metal resonator that amplifies the instrument’s sound and gives it a unique metallic timbre. Although many use the term Dobro for all resonator guitars, the name technically refers to a trademark that has roots in the early history of the instrument.

Now owned by the Gibson Guitar Corporation, the Dobro trademark was secured by the Dopyera brothers, who launched the Dobro Manufacturing Company in 1928. The Dopyera family continued to manufacture resonator guitars off and on for several decades, and the name Dobro was eventually acquired by Gibson in 1993. Since then, Gibson has released several resonator-style models with the Dobro name, including the more affordable Hound Dog series, which is available through Epiphone, a Gibson subsidiary.