NEW YORK (GenomeWeb News) – A University of Texas at Austin investigator has won a $2.5 million award from the National Institutes of Health to fund his lab's efforts to develop a systems biology-based method to map relationships between genes and proteins, the university said yesterday.

UT-Austin Professor Edward Marcotte will use the five-year NIH Director's Pioneer Award to develop a highly parallel method for identifying and quantifying individual proteins in samples that could be useful in diagnosing cancer and in characterizing proteins and discovering new biomarkers.

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