CLEVELAND -- Case Western Reserve University has received a $2.2 million grant from the Charles B. Wang Foundation, Inc. of New York to establish the Center for Computational Genomics, where researchers will employ the power of computer science to analyze the function of genes and proteins in health and disease.
Wang is the founder and chairman of Computer Associates, the fourth largest software company in the world. There are less than 20 centers like this in the country, and computational genomics is one of the hottest areas of research today, both in academia and the business world.
The center will be the home of an interdisciplinary research and training program tackling cutting-edge problems in genomics (the study of genes) and bioinformatics (computer analysis of genetic information) as they relate to using the genome sequence of humans and mice to learn about the susceptibility, progress, treatment, and prevention of human diseases and their models in laboratory mice.
The program will focus on three related research problems: