The Institute for Bioinformatics and Evolutionary Studies (IBEST) recently received a $335,000 award from the MJ Murdock Charitable Trust. IBEST will supplement this award with nearly $100,000 from a Center of Biomedical Research Excellence (COBRE) grant and more than $30,000 from the Idaho IDEA Network of Biomedical Research Excellence (INBRE) grants. The NIH IDEA program funds COBRE and INBRE. The total, $464,145, will fund significant improvements to the IBEST Computational Resources Core on the Moscow campus of the University of Idaho.
Modern biology is “data rich” but “analysis poor”, so it is no surprise that the IBEST Computational Resources Core is already one of the strongest in the country. In particular, the IBEST Genomic Resources Core generates massive amounts of data using state of the art sequencers. The new equipment from the Murdock Charitable Trust and the NIH will improve our already formidable computational infrastructure by supporting massive numerical simulations and bioinformatics with which to interpret these data.
IBEST is internationally recognized as one of the premier interdisciplinary education and research organizations for evolutionary biology in the United States. The IBEST Computational Resources Core provides computing services, data storage and consultation for the biomedical research community at the University of Idaho, regionally, and internationally.
The Murdock Trust has been enriching the quality of life in the Pacific Northwest, in part by improving the sustainable research infrastructure at regional universities. Their grants are highly competitive and the University is extremely grateful for their support.