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Bioinformatics Research Center at UNC Charlotte

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The Bioinformatics Research Center focuses on genomics and computing technologies as applied to microbiology and public health.  We have domestic and international partners for joint research and training in academia, medicine, industry, and government. Our projects range from infection control in health care, to food safety, and disease surveillance.


How scientists are tracing a virus back in time

Researchers thought they had MERS more or less figured out. The consensus view was that the potentially lethal virus, known formally as Middle Eastern Respiratory Syndrome, had arisen in bats, which passed it to camels, which passed it to humans. Since MERS first emerged in Saudi Arabia in 2012, more than 1,600 people in 26 countries have been infected.... For more information Click Here

No cases of the mosquito-borne Zika virus infection have been reported in North Carolina, and the mosquito that most often carries the virus is not commonly found in the state. But just in case, Mecklenburg County health officials are planning an extra effort this spring to control the spread of mosquitoes.

“People are very anxious about this,” said Dr. Marcus Plescia, Mecklenburg health director. “Our concern is that we could potentially get to the point where we have mosquitoes carrying the Zika virus here.”..... For more Information Click Here

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Genomic analysis and Google Earth reveal that H7 influenza viruses may be much more globally traveled than previously believed. Will a new model enable prediction of its spread? Read more...

“I see a lot of students in the audience, and if you came here to find out if there’s any future in medical research, my response is a resounding yes.”

With this sentence, Francis S. Collins, director of the U.S. National Institutes of Health (NIH), began his lecture, “Genomics, Advanced Technology, and the Future of Medicine," presented at FAPESP headquarters on May 22, 2014.  

With a bachelor’s degree in chemistry from the University of Virginia and a doctorate in physical chemistry from Yale University, Collins became known between 1990 and 2003 for leading the Human Genome Project, the international effort that aimed to map all the nucleotides that make up the human genome. Read More

UNC Charlotte and the State of São Paulo Research Foundation (FAPESP) have created joint research and educational opportunities between the University and the foundation. The entities will provide seed funding for joint research ventures.

“The São Paulo Research Foundation values highly the collaboration opportunities offered by the University of North Carolina at Charlotte in conjunction with FAPESP's SPRINT call for proposals,” stated FAPESP’s Carlos Henrique de Brito Cruz.  “Scientific collaboration is essential for the development of high impact research, more so considering the exceptional qualifications of UNC Charlotte, and we are looking forward to the collaborations that will develop with the program.”

The São Paulo Researchers in International Collaboration (SPRINT) program is accepting proposals...