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Two New Life Science Grants Awarded to UC Riverside Researchers

Posted by Jennifer Nieuwkerk on Mon, Jun 30, 2014

A new life science grant awarded by the National Institutes of Health will allow researchers at the University of California, Riverside to better store their life science data and information. The university has received funding of $600,000 from the National Institutes of Health to support data-intensive research.

“Over the past five-eight years, data sizes have grown in many of our research areas by a factor of more than 1000, which has transformed data processing into one of the most expensive research infrastructure investments,” said principal investigator Thomas Girke, an associate professor of bioinformatics in the Department of Botany and Plant Sciences. “Particularly data-intensive research areas that will benefit from this grant are high-throughput biology, drug discovery, and various other human health related disciplines.”

Specifically, the new life science grant will allow the university to purchase a complex instrument: a Big Data cluster with high-performance CPU resources and data storage space that rivals 5,000 modern laptops.

A University of California, Riverside researcher has also received new science research funding worth $1.8 million from the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, an institute that is a part of the National Institutes of Health. The new life science grant will allow Dr. Bradley White and his team of researchers to produce fine-scale recombination rate maps for the African malaria mosquito, Anopheles gambiae and potentially contribute towards research that will make it possible to prevent the transmission of malaria.


Science Research Funding Awarded to UC Riverside Researcher

Dr. Bradley White

Image courtesy of UC Riverside


“By the end of the project, we will have produced these recombination rate maps that can be used to model and predict the efficacy of various novel vector control strategies,” said White, who joined UC Riverside in 2011.  “Ultimately, this project will provide a critical tool in the ongoing fight against one of humanity’s ancient foes.”

The University of California, Riverside receives a wealth of science research funding from organizations like the National Institutes of Health and the National Science Foundation on a yearly basis. In 2013, the NIH awarded the University of California, Riverside $15.8 million in new research grants. For a full list of departments receiving funding, please visit the NIH website. In addition to receiving life science funding from the National Institutes of Health, the University of California, Riverside also received new research grants from the National Science Foundation. In 2013, the NSF awarded UC Riverside $25.3 million.

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