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Funding Update: NSF Bioinformatics Grants Awarded Jan. 1 — Feb. 28, 2014


Making Big and Complex Data Easier to Assemble and Analyze in Distributed CI Environments: Expanding on Metagenomics Challenges Defined by CAMERA
Start Date: Feb. 15, 2014
Expires: Jan. 31, 2016
Awarded Amount to Date: $250,000
Principal Investigator: Mark Ellisman
Sponsor: University of California, San Diego

According to the abstract, investigators involved in the Community Cyberinfrastructure for Advanced Microbial Ecology Research and Analysis (CAMERA) project will, over two years, develop "a crosscutting methodology for analyzing NGS data that marries … bioinformatics algorithms and workflows with … computational methods for managing large scale distributed computing." In the first year, they'll work on refining the project's core infrastructure and on developing NGS workflows and algorithms; and then in the second year, they will make these workflows available to the CAMERA community.

Developing Biocheminformatics Tools for Large-scale Metabolomics Applications
Start Date: Nov. 1, 2013
Expires: June 30, 2018
Awarded Amount to Date: $166,817
Principal Investigator: Hunter Moseley
Sponsor: University of Kentucky

The goal for these funds, the abstract states, is to develop "systems-level biochemical tools as part of an integrated data analysis pipeline" that can "properly organize and interpret … phenotypic data as insightful biochemical and biological information." This includes developing "new algorithms for isotopic non-steady state conditions of SIRM experiments" as well as "new methods that integrate and cross-validate metabolomics with genomics, transcriptomics, and proteomics via mutually-identified metabolic, gene expression, and signaling pathways."

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