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Rutgers Opens New Proteomics Center

NEW YORK (GenomeWeb News) – Rutgers University has opened the doors of a new 75,000 square-foot, $47 million facility to house its core proteomics resources and research programs, as well as multi-disciplinary programs, the university said yesterday.

The four-story Center for Integrative Proteomics Research will house Rutgers' Protein Data Bank, a repository of information on the 3D structures of large biological molecules and complex assemblies, and the BioMaPS Institute for Quantitative Biology, which supports research and education in computational biology.

The CIPR, located near the Center for Advanced Biotechnology and Medicine, will house core facilities for mass spectrometry, nuclear magnetic resonance, cryo-electron microscopy, and computational biology. Its development is part of an ongoing effort to consolidate Rutgers' life sciences facilities in one area of the Busch Campus in Piscataway, NJ.

"With the completion of this building, we can integrate the university's academic and research work on proteomics and enable Rutgers in the years ahead to play an even stronger and more dynamic role in this field," Rutgers President Richard McCormick said in a dedication for the facility.

Professor of Chemistry and Chemical Biology Helen Berman, who will direct the proteomics data bank, said that the facility will support research across the "proteomics pipeline."

"So much important research in proteomics has been happening all over Rutgers," Berman said. "It will be exciting to see the types of research that can happen when everyone sees and works together on a regular basis."

"This entire project has been shaped by the recognition that advances in biomedical sciences require the melding of life sciences expertise with the physical, mathematical, engineering, pharmaceutical, and computational sciences," added Kenneth Breslauer, dean of life sciences in the School of Arts and Sciences. "It's at the interface of these diverse yet interrelated disciplines where cutting-edge biomedical discoveries will be achieved."

Rutgers said it plans to recruit a scientist for the CIPR who will develop clinical applications for the center and build relationships with other institutions within and beyond the university community.