April 6, 2012 | last updated April 19, 2012 2:09 pm

New Leader For UMass Medical Unit

A professor at Boston University's medical school has been named executive vice chancellor for the UMass Biologics Laboratory (UMBL) at the University of Massachusetts Medical School, the school announced Thursday.

Mark Klempner, who teaches microbiology at BU, has also served as director of the National Emerging Infectious Diseases Laboratory. He'll begin his new role July 1.

UMBL, located in the Jamaica Plain and Mattapan sections of Boston, has been part the UMass system since 1997. It focuses on immunization and has introduced vaccines to prevent several diseases since its founding in 1894.

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