NEW YORK (GenomeWeb News) - Researchers at the Translational Genomics Research Institute and Texas A&M University will use a $1 million grant from a California non-profit to conduct systems biology investigations, TGen said yesterday.
The funding from the W.M. Keck Foundation, which was established by the founder of the Superior Oil Company, will fund studies of the regulation of cellular processes at the genomic level.
Michael Bittner, co-director and senior investigator of TGen’s computational biology division, said the project is intended to improve understanding of cellular “control systems” and to build new technologies to analyze both intracellular and intercellular processes.
Bittner will collaborate on the project with Edward Dougherty, an electrical engineering professor at Texas A&M and a senior investigator of TGen’s computational biology division.
Bittner likened the systems biology approach to developing “biological versions of the methods engineers use to study man-made systems, such as telecommunications and computing systems."