Institute for Integrative Genome Biology

IIGB Seed Grants

Interdisciplinary IIGB Grants/Programs

2010 IIGB Deep Sequencing Innovation Seed Grants

Purpose of Grant

Using limited resources, the IIGB Genomics Core introduced three Deep Sequencing Innovation Grants (up to $6200 each) with the goal of providing new applications and methodologies for Illumina sequencing that would be of broader benefit to UCR researchers. This technology is aimed at enhancing IIGB’s status nationally and supporting the IIGB mission of fostering research across campus. In view of the success of the 2007-08 IIGB Interdisciplinary Research and Training Awards, where IIGB grant recipient Frances Sladek was able to successfully receive an R21 grant from NIH as a direct result of her seed grant, it was hoped these funds would once again provide preliminary data for the subsequent award of full extramural grant proposals.

Award Recipients

Three IIGB Deep Sequencing Innovating Grants ($6200 each) were selected by the committee below from among twelve applications received. The funds were provided in part by donations provided by New England Biolabs and Illumina. The proposals that presented potentially high-impact research balanced with a strong component of technical innovation and/or applications of broad benefit to IIGB members and the UCR campus were the following:

  • Linda Walling - Development of RNA-seq Mulitplexing Capabilities at UCR
  • Karine Le Roch/Michael Pirrung - Beyond the fifth base: Expanding high throughput sequencing capabilities to the sixth one (development of methodology to examine genome-wide A methylation)
  • Sam Lewis/Bradley Hyman/Paul De Ley - Multiplex sequencing of complete mitochondrial genomes.

The selection committee consisted of:

  • Glenn Hicks, IIGB Academic Administrator IIGB, Associate Researcher (Botany and Plant Sciences)
  • Thomas Girke, Director of Bioinformatics, Assistant Professor (Botany and Plant Sciences)
  • Ernest Martinez, Associate Professor (Biochemistry)

Acknowledgements: IIGB funds were augmented by generous donations from Illumina ($1500) and NEB ($2000 plus significant reagent discounts).

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