Harold Garner

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Harold Ray Garner ("Skip Garner") is a biophysicist with distinguished research careers both in plasma physics, in bioengineering and bioinformatics. Dr. Garner was born in St. Louis, Mo. on 5 February 1954.[citation needed] He received his BS in Nuclear Engineering (minor in computer science) at the University of Missouri, Rolla in 1976 and a Ph.D. in plasma/high temperature matter physics from the University of Wisconsin–Madison in 1982.[1][2] He also holds an honorary professional engineering degree also from the University of Missouri, Rolla.[citation needed]

General Atomics[edit]

From 1982 to 1994, Dr. Garner was a scientist at General Atomics in San Diego where he conducted experimental and theoretical research for the Department of Energy at international fusion research facilities. In the last 6 years at GA, he was a founding member of “The Institute”, an internal think tank, where he developed artificial intelligence/expert systems, new particle accelerators, high temperature superconductors, stealth/defense technologies and biology software and instrumentation.

University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center[edit]

From 1994 to 2009, Dr. Garner held the P. O’B. Montgomery, M.D., Distinguished Chair, and was a Professor of Biochemistry and Internal Medicine, a member of the McDermott Center for Human Growth and Development (Human Genetics Center).[3][non-primary source needed]

Virginia Tech[edit]

In December, 2009, Dr. Garner moved to Virginia Tech and became the Executive Director of the Virginia Bioinformatics Institute and a Professor of Biological Science, Computer Science and Medicine.

In 2012, Garner was demoted from Executive Director following an audit into his hiring and firing practices.[4] Garner then sued the university in 2014, claiming that the university violated his Constitutional 14th amendment due process rights, his employment contract and it caused damage to his reputation.[4] In the 2015 settlement, he was appointed Executive Director of the newly created Office of Medical Informatics Translation, Training and Ethics (MITTE) for 4 years without limits on outside employment [4]

Edward Via College of Osteopathic Medicine (VCOM)[edit]

In April, 2016, Dr. Garner also became a member of the Edward Via College of Osteopathic Medicine as a Professor of Biomedicine and Executive Director, Primary Care Research Network and the VCOM Center for Bioinformatics and Genetics.

In 2005, Popular Science had an article featuring Garner's holographic video-projection system.[5]

He sits on numerous corporate advisory boards and advises for numerous governmental agencies. He is also the founder of several companies - Helix, BioAutomation, Light Biology (acquired by Nimblegen, acquired by Roche), Orbit Genomics (previously Genomeon), Heliotext, Quanta Lingua and Comperity.

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