Bassem Allam, Ph.D.
Jackie L. Collier, Ph.D.
|Academic Units and Collaborating Faculty:||School of Marine and Atmospheric Sciences (SoMAS)||
|Ecology and Evolution||
Walter F. Eanes
Liliana M. Davalos
Daniel E. Dykhuizen
Brenna M. Henn
John R. True
|Molecular Genetics & Microbiology||
Adrianus van der Velden
|Biochemistry and Cell Biology||
Nancy M. Hollingsworth
|Laufer Center for Computational Biology and Genome Sciences||Kenneth Dill|
|Institute for Advanced Computational Science (IACS)||Robert Harrison|
The last decade has seen an explosion in the ability to easily and cheaply sequence DNA. Originally, high-throughput sequencing was used to sequence genomes of a few model organisms. Today, genomes of hundreds of non-model organisms and entire communities of microorganisms are being sequenced. Additionally, the power of this technology is being applied to other assays, allowing high-throughput DNA sequencing to be a powerful, cheap front-end for investigating many biological questions that have little direct connection to studying genomes as such. The fantastic amounts of data produced by high-throughput sequencing necessitate a close connection between experimentalists and scientists trained in mathematics or computer science. The Genomics cluster will hire faculty with expertise in: 1. Experimental aspects of high-throughput sequencing, 2. Bioinformatic analysis, and 3. Applying these technologies to problems synergistic with interests of existing faculty. These new faculty would dramatically enhance the abilities of ecologists and molecular, medical, and evolutionary biologists who are already here. This cluster hire would elevate the research potential of Stony Brook University scientists by building a community with expertise in modern sequencing technologies, and thus position us to make use of the extraordinarily large investment SBU has in the NY Genome Center. This will enhance our competitiveness for research funding and for recruitment of graduate students and future faculty.