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"This NIH award highlights the importance of multiple-university collaborations in the rapidly developing fields of systems biology and bioinformatics," said Virginia Tech President Charles Steger. "The Virginia Bioinformatics Institute at Virginia Tech has established itself as a leading center for advanced research."

Sobral will lead the project and VBI's Joao Setubal is co-principal investigator. Other Virginia Tech faculty members include Stephen Boyle from the Virginia-Maryland Regional College of Veterinary Medicine and Deborah Hix and Naren Ramakrishnan from the Department of Computer Science. Key scientists at other institutions are Susan Baker, a Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome (SARS) expert from Loyola University; Abdu Azad, an expert in Rickettsias from the University of Maryland; and Ingrid Stahlman, a senior conference manager who will handle workshop and meeting logistics from Social and Scientific Systems Inc.

The BRC's VT partnerships provide a powerful scientific basis for moving ahead with cross-cutting collaborations. The bioinformatics and software development team at VBI (Sobral's Cyberinfrastructure Group) will provide software process and engineering management. Deborah Hix from the Systems Research Center at Virginia Tech will provide further strengths, applying usability engineering of software tools and systems built for the BRC.

Sobral's group will also draw heavily on VBI's Core Computational Facility (CCF) team of systems administrators, database administrators, and network analysts to ensure that data from the BRC are available to the community via two avenues: a browser-accessible system and an application-based system (ToolBus/PathPort). This interaction leverages VBI's existing partnerships with Sun Microsystems, IBM Corporation, and TimeLogic.


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Contact: Susan Bland
subland@vbi.vt.edu
540-231-7912
Virginia Tech
12-Jul-2004


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