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Reed George directs the campus's shared resource laboratories, including the microscopy facilities, the instrument design facility, and the molecular biology laboratory. He is also responsible for operational leadership for Janelia's team projects. George says Janelia's cross-disciplinary approach to science's important questions brought him to Virginia from Berkeley, CA, where he was a senior program manager for the Berkeley Drosophila Genome Project, running the project's DNA-sequencing operations and its technology development group. He was also a founding partner of a biotechnology consulting business in northern California. George has a B.S. in mechanical engineering from the University of South Florida and a master of technology management from the University of Phoenix. Prior to transitioning into the life sciences in 1997, George was a principal staff engineer for Motorola.