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UCSC Receives $1 Million Gift for Biomolecular Engineering Chair and Building

NEW YORK, Feb. 21 - Bioinformatics, genomics, and proteomics at the University of California, Santa Cruz, have received a shot in the arm through a $1 million gift from philanthropist Jack Baskin, the university reported yesterday.


Part of the money will endow a chair at the Department of Biomolecular Engineering of the Baskin School of Engineering.


The newly-formed department will focus on bioinformatics, systems biology, proteomics and protein engineering, and technology development. The endowed position, yet to be filled on a permanent basis, will be held by the department chair.


The other portion of the gift will go toward the construction of an engineering building that will house - among other programs - a UCSC bioinformatics program that is affiliated with the UCSF-based Institute for Quantitative Biomedical Research.


Jack Baskin, a retired engineer and general contractor, has so far donated almost $8 million to the UCSC School of Engineering.


For further information, see the university's statement.


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