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Establishment of Mount Sinai Center for Bioinformatics

Friday, July 22, 2016   (0 Comments)
Posted by: Julie Briggs
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We are pleased to share the formation of the Mount Sinai Center for Bioinformatics (MSCB) to be directed by Avi Ma’ayan, PhD, Professor in the Department of Pharmacological Sciences. The new Center for Bioinformatics will leverage the extensive expertise within the ISMMS in the areas of Bioinformatics, Computational Systems Biology, Computational Structure Biology, and Computational Genetics and Genomics.


In this new era of transitioning into Big Data biomedicine, the computational aspects of research and clinical care are growing rapidly. Within Mount Sinai there are strong groups in basic science research and clinical departments that are active at the forefront of various areas of computational biology. While these groups have much in common, they are currently not fully integrated. In addition, experimental researchers at Mount Sinai are generally not aware of all of the available computational research resources that can support their own research projects.


The new Center for Bioinformatics will aim to help all of these groups come together so that they can better interact and work jointly and with others. In particular, the Center will focus on the strong need for analysis, visualization, and mining of data from omics studies such as transcriptomics, epigenomics, proteomics, and metabolomics for drug discovery, and the integration of such omics datasets with genomics and electronic health records data for precision medicine.


To achieve these goals, the Center will establish the ISMMS Bioinformatics Exchange web portal and initiate institutional activities focused on bioinformatics. This web portal will inform experimentalists about data analysis opportunities within Mount Sinai; broadcast activities and resources in the area of bioinformatics at Mount Sinai; organize workshops, tutorials and seminars in the broad area of bioinformatics; and coordinate educational activities including online courses, in-class courses, and undergraduate and graduate related programs. The portal will also list relevant grant opportunities and publications from computational investigators at Mount Sinai, as well as feature, and help in the commercialization of, software and databases developed by Mount Sinai investigators.


The Center Director, Dr. Ma’ayan, earned his PhD in Biological Sciences at the Mount Sinai School of Medicine in 2006, and joined the faculty in 2007. Dr. Ma’ayan has established a world-renowned laboratory in the field of Bioinformatics and Computational Systems Biology. Dr. Ma’ayan serves as the leading principal investigator of two NIH Common Fund Data Coordination Centers: BD2K-LINCS DCIC and the IDG-KMC. 

Web-based software applications developed by the Ma’ayan Lab and hosted on ISMMS servershave been accessed by more than 100,000 users worldwide.Since his faculty appointment in 2007, Dr. Ma’ayan has published over 115 peer reviewed articles, many the result of collaborations with more than 30 Mount Sinai investigators.

Please join us in congratulating Dr. Ma’ayan on his appointment as Director of the new Mount Sinai Center for Bioinformatics.


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