NEW YORK (GenomeWeb News) – The Baylor College of Medicine is receiving $4.75 million from the Albert and Margaret Alkek Foundation to establish centers for metagenomics and microbiome research, as well as metabolomic research, it announced on Wednesday.
Money from the gift will also support faculty recruitment efforts and drug development work at the college.
The Center for Metagenomics and Microbiome Research will become a hub for the college for microbiome research in clinical applications, basic science, and computational analyses. Joseph Petrosino, assistant professor of molecular virology and microbiology at BCM, will serve as director.
The focus of the Metabolomic Disease Center will be on small molecules resulting from cellular metabolism, and metabolomics work across the institution will be consolidated at the center. Arun Sreekumer, a molecular oncologist from the Medical College of Georgia will serve as director.
In a statement, Paul Klotman, president and CEO of BCM, said the gift from the Alkek Foundation "will advance our work toward creating a personal 'fingerprint' for each patient. Ultimately, we will be able to determine a patient's susceptibility to disease, and direct the prevention, diagnosis, and/or treatments that will yield the best outcome for that individual."