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Changes at UB's Bioinformatics Center

By Eileen Buckley

Buffalo, NY – Enhancement and restructuring changes are underway at UB's Center of Excellence in Bioinformatics and Life Sciences.

The University at Buffalo has announced it will expand the scope of its research at the center and has also named senior vice provost Bruce Holm as executive director. Holm's appointment and restructuring changes where made by UB president John Simpson.

With the expansion, the number of UB faculty researchers affiliated with the center will increase from its present core of six faculty members, to 40-50 current faculty members working across multidisciplinary lines, including scientists from Roswell Park Cancer Institute and Hauptman-Woodward Medical Research Institute (HWI). The center will continue to recruit aggressively for key scientific personnel.

"The expansion and enhancement of the Buffalo Center of Excellence in Bioinformatics and Life Sciences is consistent with the vision of Gov. George Pataki when he proposed its creation three years ago and a major step in providing an integrated approach for creating a life-sciences economy for Buffalo Niagara," Simpson said.

He noted that work is on schedule for the new home for the center, scheduled to open late next year at Ellicott and Virginia streets. The structure -- along with Roswell Park's new Center for Genetics and Pharmacology and HWI's Structural Biology Research Center -- is under construction as part of the Buffalo Life Sciences Complex in the Buffalo Niagara Medical Campus.

Jeffery Skolnick, who has served as director of the Center of Excellence in Bioinformatics, will remain as director of the bioinformatics research group and will report to Holm.