NEW YORK (GenomeWeb News) – A Rockefeller University researcher plans to use a $1.3 million grant from the National Institutes of Health to develop a novel method for applying high-throughput sequencing to the study of human immune system function.

Brad Rosenberg, a biomedical fellow at Rockefeller, was one of 14 investigators chosen by the NIH Office of the Director to receive a total of $25.9 million under its Early Independence award program.

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