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NIH Awards $464,000 for Biomedical Research to UAlbany Cancer Genomics Center

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

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