Year: 2013  
Cluster Leads:

Bassem Allam, Ph.D.
Associate Professor
School of Marine and Atmospheric Sciences

Stony Brook University
Stony Brook, NY 11794-5000

Phone: 631-632-8745
Fax: 631-632-8915


Jackie L. Collier, Ph.D.
Associate Professor
School of Marine and Atmospheric Sciences

Stony Brook University
Stony Brook, NY 11794-5000

Phone: 631-632-8696


Academic Units and Collaborating Faculty: School of Marine and Atmospheric Sciences (SoMAS) Bassem Allam
Jackie Collier
Jim Ammerman
Demian Chapman
Chris Gobler
Anne McElroy
Emmanuelle Pales-Espinosa
Gordon Taylor
Ecology and Evolution Joshua Rest
Walter F. Eanes
Liliana M. Davalos
Daniel E. Dykhuizen
Brenna M. Henn
John R. True
Molecular Genetics & Microbiology Bruce Futcher
Jorge Benach
James Bliska
Eugene Katz
Laurie Krug
Janet Leatherwood
Erich Mackow
David Thanassi
Adrianus van der Velden
Eckard Wimmer
Wei-Xing Zong
Computer Science Steve Skiena
Rezaul Chowdhury
Biomedical Engineering Helmut Strey
Eric Brouzes
Biochemistry and Cell Biology Robert Haltiwanger
Vitaly Citovsky
Kevin Czaplinski
Bernadette Holdener
Nancy M. Hollingsworth
Wali Karzai
Ed Luk
Aaron Neiman
Pathology Martha Furie
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.

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