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UConn Establishes Genomics Institute, Partner for Jackson Lab

NEW YORK (GenomeWeb News) – The University of Connecticut has established a new Institute for Systems Genomics that will seek to capitalize on the university's partnership with The Jackson Laboratory, which is building a $1.1 billion genomic medicine center at the UConn Health Center campus in Farmington.

UConn said on Monday that the new interdisciplinary institute will bring faculty from the university together with researchers from Jackson Lab, as well as representatives from nine of the university's schools, including its medicine, nursing, engineering, and agriculture, and pharmaceutical programs, among others.

Mun Choi, UConn's interim provost and executive vice president for academic affairs, said in a statement that the institute will undertake research involving human, animal, and environmental genomics, and over the next year the school will support the institute by hiring new faculty and appointing a professorship in genomics and personalized medicine.

The university wants the institute to be a research and training program focused on genomics and personalized medicine, to partner with academic and corporate partners, and to encourage students to tackle genomics-related science as a career.

"The Institute for Systems Genomics is the vehicle to foster collaboration between UConn and The Jackson Laboratory in genomics research and education," Marc Lalande, professor and chairman of Genetics and Developmental Biology at the UConn Health Center, and the new institute's director, said in a statement.

Jackson Lab President and CEO Edison Liu, who will serve on the institute's senior advisory council, said in a statement that it will "provide the intellectual critical mass needed to propel The Jackson Laboratory for Genomic Medicine to the front of the pack."

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