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MSU Lands $10M COBRE Funding for Genomics, Imaging, Veterinary Centers

NEW YORK (GenomeWeb News) – Mississippi State University has received a $10 million grant from the National Institutes of Health to provide five years of funding for three core animal and human health research centers focused on genomics, imaging, and veterinary medicine, MSU said today.

The new funding, awarded under the NIH Centers of Biomedical Research Excellence (COBRE) program, will support the Institute of Genomics, Biocomputing, and Biotechnology (IGBB); the Institute for Imaging and Analytical Technologies; and the College of Veterinary Medicine (MSU-CVM), which will administer the grant and research activities.

Along with providing support for core resource facilities, the funding also will establish a mentoring program led by a core group of investigators working at the IGBB and the MSU-CVM.

MSU said the success of the COBRE's research programs will be measured by the researchers' ability to reel in additional NIH funding to advance their research into infectious diseases that affect animal and human health.

The IGBB hosts a genomics and transcriptomics core that includes Illumina Hi-Seq 2000 and MiSeq sequencing, and a staff that is trained in RNA/DNA isolation, Illumina library preparaton, sequence generation, analysis, and annotation, according to the website for the institute. It also provides a range of proteomics services, including mass spectrometry, protein identification, quantitative proteomics, and others.