NEW YORK, April 24 (GenomeWeb News) - The National Institutes of Health has awarded a team of researchers from Carnegie Mellon University and the University of Pittsburgh a five-year grant worth $13.3 million to establish a National Technology Center for Networks and Pathways.
The center will focus on developing fluorescent probe and imaging technologies to investigate regulatory pathways and networks in real time in living cells, according to Carnegie Mellon. The university said the effort is expected to generate molecular biosensors for preclinical research to map the many cell-signaling networks involved in disease. In the future, the biosensors may be used in hospital- and office-based diagnostic medicine, it added.
Carnegie Mellon, which will house the new center, said that the grant is one of three awarded under the NIH's "Building Blocks, Biological Pathways and Networks Roadmap for Medical Research," an initiative aimed at supporting research to develop tools that determine in real time the amounts, locations, and interactions of large numbers of individual proteins within a single cell.