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University of Kansas Center for Microbial Metagenomics Community Analysis (http://www.kansasmetagenome.org)

The Center for Metagenomic Microbial Community Analysis is a multidisciplinary initiative comprising faculty from multiple departments and fields conducting research from genes to ecosystems. The Center was established as an internal investment by the University of Kansas and supports a full-time PhD-level Research Associate and a Master’s-level Research Assistant. Staff perform metagenomic analysis of microbial communities from a range of environmental samples. With the support of the Genome Sequencing Core and the Advanced Computing Facility, high-throughput sequencing through computational-intensive data analysis is performed.

The Genome Sequencing Core lab (http://www.gsc.ku.edu) is part of the Center for Molecular Analysis of Disease Pathways, an NIH-funded Center for Biomedical Research Excellence (COBRE) infrastructure grant. The Core’s mission is to provide state-of-the-art next generation sequencing capabilities and to serve as a catalyst for interaction among genomics research facilities, building a strong foundation for genomics research at KU. The Core has two full-time staff members in addition to the core leader, Dr. Erik Lundquist. The facility provides an Illumina HiSeq 2500 platform and charges user fees at a competitive price.

The Advanced Computing Facility was expanded in 2013 with a $4.7 million grant from the National Center for Research Resources at NIH, and a major infrastructure improvement grant from NSF. Dan Voss, the newly hired Director of Research Computing, works with researchers to develop interfaces between the Genome Sequencing Core, where sequencing data is generated, and the Community Cluster, where it is processed. The Center for Microbial Metagenomics Community Analysis has purchased four nodes in the Cluster for general bioinformatics data analysis.

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