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Carnegie Mellon Gets $5M Gift to Create Computational Biology Center

NEW YORK (GenomeWeb News) - Carnegie Mellon University will use a $5 million gift to establish a center for computational biology in Pittsburgh, the university said late last week.
 
The school will use the gift from Pittsburgh native Ray Lane and his wife Stephanie to establish the Ray and Stephanie Lane Center for Computational Biology. The gift also endows a professorship and provides support for doctoral and post-doctoral training in bioinformatics.
 
Robert Murphy, a professor of biological sciences and biomedical engineering at Carnegie Mellon, will direct the new center and has been appointed the first Ray and Stephanie Lane Professor of Computational Biology.
 
The goal of the center is to develop computational biology methods that would improve cancer detection and treatment by predicting system behavior.
 
Murphy, an expert in image analysis methods for protein localization, said in a statement that the technology the center will pursue could “unequivocally identify alterations in protein locations that cause or reflect cancer.”
 
Knowing those cancer-associated protein locations and being able to locate them in biopsies should help pathologists in making diagnoses, the university said.

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