Albert Cheng, Ph.D. joins The Jackson Laboratory for Genomic Medicine as an assistant professor. Dr. Cheng engineers and applies ariticial DNA and RNA binding proteins to study the genome, epigenome, and transcriptome. He is an expert in the field of CRISPR/Cas9 genome editing technologies.
J. Travis Hinson, M.D. joins faculties of The Jackson Laboratory for Genomic Medicine and the University of Connecticut School of Medicine. Dr. Hinson utilizes genomic approaches like CRISPR/CAS to interrogate mechanisms of inherited cardiovascular disorders especially those that lead to heart failure. He is particularly interested in developing single cell and cardiac microtissue assays derived from disease-specific, human induced pluripotent stem cells (iPSCcs) in combination with in vivo mouse models.
Stefan Pinter, Ph.D. joins the Department of Genetics and Genome Sciences as an assistant professor. Dr. Pinter received his post-doctoral training at Harvard Medical School where he developed novel computational and molecular genomic methodology to study the architecture of the X chromosome and how some genes escape X chromosome inactivation. He will pursue this research at UConn and the ISG, and will also use his expertise to study Turner syndrome that is characterized by an XO karyotype and developmental abnormalities.
The Center for Genome Innovation (CGI) within the Institute for Systems Genomics offers a variety of training opportunities as well as NextGen sequencing and genotyping services. These services are available to UCONN-affiliated researchers across all campuses and range from single run instrument access through full-service NextGen library preparation and sequencing. Please visit our website for a comprehensive look at all the CGI has to offer! (http://cgi.uconn.edu)
Training: In addition to genomics services, the CGI offers laboratory-based workshops for NextGen sequencing, genotyping, workflows and data analysis as well as seminars and application specialist “office hours” that feature the vendors, instrumentation and applications available in the CGI. If you or members of your lab are interested in training opportunities, please contact email@example.com.
UConn will invest $225,000 in an interdisciplinary research and education program to identify new antibiotics as part of the White House’s $121 million National Microbiome Initiative, which was announced this month.
UConn’s investment is in partnership with the Small World Initiative, which plans to expand the search for new antibiotics to 150 high schools and undergraduate institutions worldwide by 2017. UConn microbiologist Nichole Broderick serves as Instructor Lead for the Small World Initiative, and will host the summer 2016 training session for university and high school faculty participating from across the United States, Spain, and India.
Broderick spoke at the National Microbiome Initiative’s introduction today on the need to expand the microbiome workforce; the Small World Initiative’s efforts to expose students to authentic research experiments through characterization of antibiotic-producing bacteria from soil; and UConn’s future expansion to full microbiome characterization of students’ soil samples. The expansion will be led by the Department of Molecular and Cell Biology and the Institute for Systems Genomics at UConn (Link to full UConn Today article )
The Institute for Systems Genomics will be hosting a networking workshop on Tuesday, June 7, from 9:00-1:30PM at JAX-GM in Farmington. The workshop will feature brief presentations by new members of the genomics community, and other investigators of new initiatives at UConn and JAX.
An Epigenomics Workshop will be held on Friday, June 24 from 8:30AM–4:00PM in the Edmund and Arlene Grossman Auditorium at 400 Farmington Avenue. The workshop is sponsored by the Institute for Systems Genomics, the Department of Genetics and Genome Sciences, and its International Associated Laboratory with the Universite Paris Diderot. The four scientists visiting from Paris are Claire Rougeulle, Sophie Polo, Valerie Mezger and Claire Francastel. The other speakers are from the UCONN Storrs and Farmington campuses, and the Jackson Laboratory in Genomic Medicine.
To register for the workshops, please contact Stephanie Holden at firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Institute for Systems Genomics (ISG) was awarded a grant by the University of Connecticut for their Academic Plan proposal entitled Genetics, Genomics, and Personalized Medicine. This grant will allow the ISG to imbed two high level scientists with computational genomics expertise in the Center for Genome Innovation and hire an additional support staff in order to build data analysis pipelines and provide training in Next Generation Sequencing. The ISG's plan is based on the need for such an infrastructure based on the results of a survey of Next Generation (NextGen) sequencing needs at UConn that was commissioned by the Office of the Vice-President for Research.