eMerging Insights Agilent awards announced

November 4, 2011

LCGC Europe eNews

Agilent has announced the winners of their 2011 eMerging Insights grant programme, each of whom will receive $75,000 towards their ongoing research on open source data-integration tools.

Agilent has announced the winners of their 2011 eMerging Insights grant programme, each of whom will receive $75,000 towards their ongoing research on open source data-integration tools.

The first grant for “Validating Protein Pathway Information: Integrating Proteomic Data with Transcriptomic or Metabolomic Data Sets” was awarded to Dr Michael J. MacCoss of the University of Washington. His research is focused on stable isotopes and mass spectrometry methods for studying biology at the molecular, cellular and whole organism level. His laboratory developed the Skyline Targeted Proteomics Environment, which they will now expand to allow seamless integration with Agilent’s GeneSpring software.

MacCoss said, “We are really excited to work with Agilent to improve the integration of their gene expression tools with Skyline. These developments should expedite the selection of protein targets and the measurement of those targets by tandem mass spectrometry.”

The second grant, for “Modelling Disease Progression: Combining Gene Expression and Copy Number Variation Data”, was awarded to Dr Peter J. Park of Harvard Medical School. He has developed a method, based on biclustering, to identify genes whose expression is driven by copy number variations (CNV). He will now extend this work to compare tumours at different grades, to gain insight into how CNV and gene expression drive disease progression.

Park said, “This grant provides a wonderful opportunity for us to transform our bioinformatic algorithms and visualization techniques into tools that will be useful to the community.”

Vice president and general manager of Agilent’s Biological Systems Division, Gustavo Salem, said, “Our recognition and support of the work of Dr MacCoss and Dr Park with these emerging insights grants reflects our confidence in their work and our commitment to advancing bioinformatic solutions that relate these different aspects of biological systems.”

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