NEW YORK (GenomeWeb News) - The Welch Foundation has awarded a $1.6 million grant to the John S. Dunn Gulf Coast Consortium for Chemical Genomics for a new computational chemistry research program, the University of Texas Medical Branch at Galveston said this week.
The consortioum is an interdisciplinary bioscience alliance that includes members UTMB, the University of Texas at Houston, Baylor College of Medicine, Rice University, the University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center, and the University of Houston.
The GCC CG said the money will be used to study the effect of small molecules on protein-protein interactions.
The gift “will ultimately help us harness the power of computational chemistry to much more efficiently select the compounds that go into our screening centers," said Peter Davies, executive VP for research at the University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston and a co-director of the consortium.
"We are now developing the tools that allow us to screen molecules for important activity at high rates using microscopy-based approaches," said Michael Mancini, a GCC CG co-director and associate professor of molecular and cell biology at Baylor College of Medicine.
The GCC CG was founded with a $2.7 million gift from the Dunn Foundation in 2006.