Seven recipients of the 2014 Butcher Seed Grant Awards were recently notified of their winning proposals in interdisciplinary bioscience. These grants bring critical funding to many of Colorado’s top academic researchers wanting to expand their scientific discoveries and build new collaborations that span disciplines and academic institutions. This year’s winning proposals are collaborative efforts between researchers across the University of Colorado system and National Jewish Health. Winners will receive between $70,000 and $75,000 to further their research projects.
The motor protein, myosin, has fascinated BioFrontiers Chief Scientific Officer Leslie Leinwand for more than 25 years. This protein is responsible for making muscles contract in the body, but Leinwand, a professor in molecular, cellular and developmental biology, is interested in its function in one important muscle: the heart.
The Next-Generation Sequencing facility has partnered with all kinds of local biotech big hitters, including a company that makes biofuels and another that makes tests for genetic mutations. But in 2013, the facility forged a new relationship with a well-loved but less-obvious local biotech company: Boulder-based Avery Brewing.
The University of Colorado was recently awarded a cooperative agreement worth up to $14.6 million from the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) to develop a new technological system to rapidly determine how drugs and biological or chemical agents affect human cells.
Few biologists are willing to venture into the blackbox of computer science (and probably even fewer computer scientists dare walk into the realm of the wet-lab). Yet, the knowledge that a field frightens or intimidates is reason enough to walk into it. And in all honestly, it need not frighten. With so many new graduate programs emerging like BioFrontier’s Interdisciplinary Quantitative Biology Program more resources are available now more than ever to help smooth the transition between varying scientific disciplines.
CU Boulder's winning iGEM team to go to the world stage of the premiere synthetic biology competition.
IQ Biology, interdisciplinary
JSCBB Mini Symposium encourages interdisciplinary bioscience collaboration