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TSRI Launches Bicoastal Center for Computational Biology

By Madeline McCurry-Schmidt

Scientists at The Scripps Research Institute (TSRI) have a new place to turn for faster, more collaborative data collection and analysis. The Institute's new Center for Computational Biology (CCB) is now up and running on both the La Jolla, CA, and Jupiter, FL, campuses.

The new center is a cost-effective way to share resources while connecting scientists directly to the experts they need in experimental design, proteomics analysis, next-generation sequencing (NGS) and microarray data analysis, biostatistics, pathway analysis and more.

"Our main goal is to improve resources for bioinformatics across the Institute," said Steven Head, director of the TSRI NGS and Microarray Core.

The CCB was initially proposed by TSRI Vice President of Academic Affairs James Williamson and Vice President of Research Services Emily Holmes as part of an initiative to share more resources across the two TSRI campuses, increase collaboration and make research more cost-effective. The end goal of the CCB is to push the science of the Institute forward.

Computational biology lends itself well to bicoastal collaboration, as migration of data can be done by taking advantage of the existing high-speed intranet connection between TSRI's two campuses. Using this connection, researchers can easily share data and collaborate with the CCB members on either campus.

For example, scientists gathering data in Jupiter can quickly share information with the CCBs microarray data analysis expert in La Jolla. On the flip side, researchers who need help from a biostatistician can easily share information with the CCB’s statistics expert in Jupiter.

Other services offered by the CCB staff include high-performance computing, custom software development, and education and training resources. 

The CCB also includes TSRI faculty advisors Andrew Su, Matthew Pipkin and Ali Torkamani, who provide guidance on what will be of most use to researchers. The CCB staff and advisors meet regularly via video conferencing to discuss projects.

For more information on using the CCB, go to

The Scripps Research Institute and Calibr Participated at Bio International Convention

Scientists from the Scripps Research Institute and Calibr were highlighted across a range of panels during the 2017 BIO International Convention hosted in San Diego last week.

The convention, which welcomed more than 16,000 biotechnology and life sciences industry representatives from nearly 80 countries, and features a range of new technologies, scientific discoveries, and new approaches to advancing medicines through the clinic featured the following four individuals in separate panel discussions: 

  • Peter G. Schultz, Ph.D., President: Translational Research in an Academic Setting: Creating a Pipeline or a Pipe Dream?
  • Matthew Tremblay, Ph.D., Vice President of Business Development: Dawn of a Post-Venture Era: The New Face of Innovation and Translational Research.
  • Jeanne Loring, Ph.D., Director of the Center for Regenerative Medicine: Saving Species: A Cellular Tale from the Frozen Zoo®
  • Floyd Romesberg, Ph.D., Associate Professor: The Synthetic Biology Revolution: Transforming Health, Industrial Biotech and Beyond

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