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NIH awards Rutgers $47.5 million to advance groundbreaking research on protein structures
Date:9/30/2010

eaching institute jointly administered by Rutgers and the University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey. Both are also faculty in the Rutgers School of Arts and Sciences.

NIH funding for the third phase of the PSI, known as PSI:Biology, is through the agency's National Institute of General Medical Sciences (NIGMS), which supports basic research to increase understanding of life processes and lay the foundation for advances in disease diagnosis, treatment and prevention. The PSI:Biology phase will use methods developed during the PSI's first decade to generate protein structures that can help guide functional studies by laboratories around the world. For example, in addition to its primary focus on networks of human proteins associated with cancer biology, the NESG consortium will collaborate with groups around the country to determine structures of proteins involved in various aspects of cell biology, such as gene regulation, metabolism, and the engineering of novel proteins.

"Another key goal of the initiative is to make the resources generated by the PSI available to the broader scientific community," said Ward Smith, director of the PSI: Biology program. "These Rutgers efforts are key to achieving this goal the NESG will partner with biologists to solve functional studies while the SBKB will put all the PSI's results at one's fingertips."


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Contact: Carl Blesch
cblesch@ur.rutgers.edu
732-932-7084 x616
Rutgers University
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