Institute for Integrative Genome Biology

IIGB Seed Grants

Interdisciplinary IIGB Grants/Programs

2014-15 IIGB Seed Grants

Purpose of Grant

In order to promote cutting-edge multi-disciplinary research in genomics, bioinformatics, microscopy and proteomics on the UCR campus, to fulfill the IIGB mission of fostering research across campus, and to enhance IIGB's stature as a recognized center of innovation, IIGB sponsored seven six-month awards of up to $5000 each. The purpose of the grants was to provide strong data and results in support of successful extramural funding. Award recipients were asked to utilize all appropriate IIGB resources within the Genomics, Microscopy, Proteomics, and Bioinformatics core facilities, and projects proposing to use the services from two or more core units, in particular proteomics, were reviewed more favorably. The proteomics core acquired a state-of-the-art Orbitrap Fusion mass spectrometer last year, which added a major upgrade in sensitivity and the ability to examine post-translational modifications and top-down intact protein characterization, among others. 

Award Recipients

The following seven proposals, in alphabetical order, were selected for awards, effective December 1, 2014 – May 31, 2015 (PIs are in bold):

Katherine Borkovich (Plant Pathology and Microbiology)
New roles for heterotrimeric G proteins in post-transcriptional gene regulation

Luis Jimenez, Daniel Wasik, Marylynn Yates (Environmental Sciences), Wenwan Zhong (PI) (Chemistry)
Discovery of Virus-Binding Aptamers

Ted Karginov (Cell Biology and Neuroscience)
Characterization of microRNA-independent mRNA regulation by Ago2

Jiayu Liao (PI) and Jun Li (Bioengineering)
A Novel Approach for Determining Protein Interaction Affinity and Endogenous Protein Concentrations in Living Cells

Carolyn Rasmussen (Botany and Plant Sciences)
Developing a chemical library to alter division planes in plant cells

Jason Stajich (PI) (Plant Pathology and Microbiology), Anand Ray (Entomology)and Brian Federici (Entomology)
Proteomic and RNAseq Characterization of the Mosquito Parasitic Fungus Coeomomyces lativittatus

Chunhua Zhang and Natasha Raikhel (PI) (Botany and Plant Sciences)
Endosidin3 (ES3) Target Identification and Characterization by DARTS (Drug Affinity Responsive Target Stability) Combined with Mass-Spectrometry (MS) Proteomics Analysis and High-throughput Mutant Genome Sequencing

The 2014-15 IIGB seed grant award committee consisted of the instrumentation core managers (Glenn Hicks, David Carter, Songqin Pan, Rakesh Kaundal) and an external faculty member (Venugopala Reddy Gonehal). Congratulations to 2014-15 IIGB seed grant awardees!


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