UGA-Liverpool Partnership Attracts $2.3M Grant for Bioinformatics Database

Story by Sue Myers Smith

The Wellcome Trust has provided $2.3 million for a collaborative database project managed by the University of Georgia and the University of Liverpool, which will allow for expansion and annotation of the database and the continued development of tools for searching across the varied data sets housed within the database. Specifically, the funding will be used to to provide robust, cost-effective informatics support for researchers working on microbial parasites both in the U.S. and abroad.

“This award represents a leveraging of strengths,” said Jessica Kissinger, co-investigator on the award. “We have the database infrastructure and we know how to make tools to make the data usable ... the Liverpool group does annotation — they are able to curate and provide corrections to the underlying genome sequences, while we can provide the data to a wider user base.” 

Managing the award are Jessica C. Kissinger, professor of genetics and director of the UGA Institute of Bioinformatics, and Christiane Hertz-Fowler, manager of the Centre for Genomic Research Functional and Comparative Genomics at the University of Liverpool.