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University of Buffalo Wins Grant to Expand Bioinformatics Staff

By a GenomeWeb staff reporter

NEW YORK (GenomeWeb News) – The University of Buffalo plans to use an $850,000 grant to hire new tenure track faculty members and add computational support staff focused on bioinformatics at its Buffalo Niagara Medical Campus (BNMC).

The two-year grant from the John Oishei Foundation will fund the hiring of new staffers at BMNC's Center of Excellence in Bioinformatics and Life Sciences. The new staff members will have offices at the center, which houses the university's supercomputing and genomics facilities and which have both been upgraded in the last year.

The school's Center for Computational Research used a $9 million expansion last year to quadruple its data processing power and to boost its data storage capacity. The center's Next-Generation Sequencing and Expression Analysis Core Facility also this year used a National Center for Research Resources grant to install an Illumina HiSeq 2000 for use in an array of projects, including whole-genome and candidate region sequencing, transcriptome analysis, small RNA discovery, protein-nucleic acid interaction analysis, and other projects.

"The expansion of the bioinformatics hub will contribute to a vibrant medical campus and improve Western New York's ability to conduct translational research, moving scientific discoveries from laboratories to practical applications to improve human health," said Michael Cain, VP for health sciences and dean of the UB School of Medicine and Biomedical Sciences.

"We fully expect that this support will enable the Center of Excellence to retain computational work that was being sent elsewhere, and to build a core of local projects, further expanding the promise of the BNMC," added Oishei Foundation President Robert Gioia.

"We fully expect that this support will enable the Center of Excellence to retain computational work that was being sent elsewhere, and to build a core of local projects, further expanding the promise of the BNMC," Gioia said.

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