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CPRIT Awards $5.6M to UT Southwestern Medical Center Bioinformatics Core Facility

NEW YORK (GenomeWeb) – The Cancer Prevention and Research Institute of Texas said today that it has awarded the bioinformatics core facility at UT Southwestern Medical Center $5.6 million to support the development of the university's bioinformatics capability. 

The award is part of a total $16.6 million awarded by CPRIT to UT Southwestern Medical Center, including $12.6 million in research grants directed at cancer research and prevention, and $4 million for the recruitment of scientists. 

The bioinformatics funding will be used to build out UT Southwestern's bioinformatics operation, which manages large datasets for identifying complex patterns in the organization and regulation of molecules, cells, tissues, and organs. 

Also receiving CPRIT funding is Kathryn O'Donnell, an assistant professor of molecular biology at UT Southwestern, who was awarded $200,000 to identify new melanoma metastasis driver genes. The project could accelerate the development of new therapies, CPRIT said.