February 2019: Grants awarded to joint projects of UC Berkeley and TAU researchers

Seven joint proposals were selected for funding, two for full grants and five for seed grants.

February 2019: Grants awarded to joint projects of UC Berkeley and TAU researchers

The Koret-Berkeley-TAU (KBT) Initiative in Computational Biology and Bioinformatics is a new collaborative program of the Center for Computational Biology at UC Berkeley (CCB) and the Edmond J. Safra Center for Bioinformatics at Tel Aviv University. The initiative is supported by a generous donation from the Koret Foundation
 
 
As part of the KBT Initiative, we issued a call for joint research grants in computational biology and bioinformatics, aiming for collaborations between researchers at UC Berkeley and at the Edmond J. Safra Center for Bioinformatics. At least three Berkeley and three TAU researchers reviewed each submitted proposal, and the reviewers found almost all proposals to be excellent. Based on the reviews the budget constraints, seven proposals were selected for funding, two for full grants and five for seed grants.
The total sum of the awarded grants exceeds $700,000. 
 
 
The winning grants are listed below. The next call for the KBT grants is expected in Fall 2019.
 
 
Full grants  (3/2019-2/2021)
 
Xavier Darzacq, Department of Molecular and Cell Biology, UCB and Ran Elkon, Department of Human Molecular Genetics and Biochemistry, School of Medicine, TAU.
Project title: "Multi-layer analysis of the dynamic interplay between 3D genome organization and gene regulation during early stem cell differentiation". 
 
Rasmus Nielsen, Department of Integrative Biology, Department of Statistics, UCB and Adi Stern, School of Molecular Cell Biology and Biotechnology, Faculty of Life Sciences, TAU.
Project title: "From viruses to cancer: context dependent mutations that drive disease".
 
 
Seed grants (3/2019-2/2020) 
 
Haiyan Huang, Department of Statistics, UCB and Noam Shomron, Department of Cell & Developmental Biology, Faculty of Medicine, TAU.
Project title: "Context-dependent differences in gene networks during breast cancer metastasis". 
 
Priya Moorjani, Department of Molecular and Cell Biology, UCB and Roded Sharan, School of Computer Science, TAU.
Project title: "A comparative analysis of mutational processes in germline and soma". 
 
John Huelsenbeck, Department of Integrative Biology, UCB, Tal Pupko, School of Molecular Cell Biology & Biotechnology, Faculty of Life Sciences, TAU and Itay Mayrose, School of Plant Sciences and Food Security, Faculty of Life Sciences, TAU.
Project title: "Towards a unified framework of trait and sequence evolution". 
 
Jennifer Listgarten, Department of Electrical Engineering and Computer Sciences, UCB and Yuval Ebenstein, School of Chemistry,  TAU.
Project title: "Accurate and fast machine-learning based genetic/epigenetic base calling for high-throughput nanopore-sequencing". 
 
Yun Song, Department of Electrical Engineering and Computer Sciences, UCB and Tamir Tuller, Department of Biomedical Engineering, Faculty of Engineering, TAU.
Project title: "Mathematical models and computational methods for understanding mRNA Translation". 

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