The application of genomics across the life sciences industry is currently challenged by an inadequate ability to interpret and act on genomic data quickly and accurately for a wide variety of applications. One challenge has been that of integrating market and thought leaders across what had historically been orthogonal industries: computing and biotechnology. With the advent of high-throughput sequencing technologies, those industries are now interdependent and have a critical need to synthesize and coordinate activities at the interface of computing and genomics.
The University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign and Mayo Clinic, which are leading institutions in these areas and already have strong ties to each other, have established the Center for Computational Biotechnology and Genomic Medicine (CCBGM), a collaborative environment that will improve the applicability, timeliness, efficiency, and accuracy of the computational infrastructure that will address pressing genome-based challenges.
The mission of the CCBGM is to engineer and optimize computing systems needed by industry for genome analysis. In doing so, the CCBGM will enhance entrepreneurship, research, and education while developing technology that transforms the medical practice.
CCBGM in the News
Illinois and Mayo team up to develop improved method to identify seizure-causing regions in the brain
CCBGM PhD student Yoga Varatharajah and collaborators from the Mayo Clinic have developed a method to help doctors quickly identify the part of the brain causing a patient’s epilepsy. Read more.
CCBGM Work Recognized on the Mayo Clinic Blog
Work performed by CCBGM student, Arjun Athreya, has been highlighted in the Mayo Clinic Center for Individualized Medicine Blog. “We combined expertise from clinicians, engineers and biologists to create an algorithm that uncovered patterns of antidepressant response that each of these specialists alone might not be able to recognize,” says Arjun Athreya, a Mayo- UIUC Alliance predoctoral research fellow. Read more.
Arjun Athreya investigates biological markers disease, including triple negative breast cancer
CCBGM PhD student Arjun Athreya collaborates with Mayo Clinic to identify subtypes of diseases and determine how individual patients vary in their response to drug treatments and receives top honors from the American Society for Clinical Pharmacology and Therapeutics. Read story here.
Announcement of funding of the CCBGM:
- NSF Funds Two New CSL Industry/University Cooperative Research Centers
- Iyer Leads Search for New Computer Platform to Speed Genomic Data Interpretation
Each month, Catalyst, the Illinois Science & Technology Coalition’s monthly publication, features a column written by a leader from the tech community and highlights major Illinois science news stories.
See the March 2015 Catalyst in which the CCBGM was featured.