NIH Awards $464,000
for Biomedical Research to UAlbany Cancer Genomics
Contact: Karl Luntta (518) 437-4980
ALBANY, N.Y. (April 5, 2004) -- University at
Albany Center for Functional Genomics (CFG) researchers
Richard Cunningham and Qishan Lin have received
a $463,696 grant from the National Institutes
of Health for the purchase of specialized equipment
used to study the characteristics of proteins.
Proteomics, or the study of proteins, is an important
and relatively new field of inquiry in biomedical
research. The study of protein activity is key
to research into virtually every disease -- such
as autoimmune disease, heart disease, cancer,
and Alzheimerís -- since proteins regulate cellular
activity and are the molecules most responsible
for essential biological functions. If a protein
is malformed, it can lead to problems in cellular
communication and function, making and breaking
down larger molecules, and the speed at which
biological functions take place. Proteomics is
one of the prime areas of research at CFG's Gen*NY*Sis
Center for Excellence in Cancer Genomics, one
of the primary users of the new system.
Richard Cunningham is a professor of biology
and CFG's assistant director. Qishan Lin is director
of the Centerís Proteomics Core Facility.
The Center for Functional Genomics, on UAlbany's
East Campus in Rensselaer, is a comprehensive,
state-of-the-art University research facility
supporting a wide range of laboratory services
that are offered on a fee-per-service basis to
academic and commercial researchers. This structure
enables researchers to have access to key technologies
without having to make cost-prohibitive investments
in equipment, staff, and laboratory space.
The Center currently has more than 100 clients
from around the world that include major research
institutions, government agencies, scientific
organizations, and commercial companies. Its customized
services include genomics, bioinformatics, proteomics,
microarray, mouse transgenesis, cell culture,
FACS, imaging and automated laser capture microdissection.
For more information about the Centerís services,
please visit www.cfgbiotech.org.
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