In spring 2017, the Center for the Genomics of Microbial Systems (GeMS) announced a request for proposals (RFP) for Grants-In-Aid for Microbiome Bioinformatic Analysis. Three proposals have been awarded and are listed below. The primary goal of this RFP is to support Duke faculty who want to pursue microbiome research in the context of their broader research programs. The secondary goal of this RFP is to promote use of core facility services for microbiome bioinformatics available in the Duke Genomic Analysis and Bioinformatics Core Facility through a partnership between GeMS and the Duke Center for Genomic and Computational Biology. This RFP is focused on discovery science and not intended to supplement ongoing funded microbiome research efforts. Priority is given to applications which are exploratory in nature and for which support is difficult or impossible to obtain, and to junior members of the faculty or staff who, by reason of their being earlier in their careers, find it difficult to obtain research support. This RFP will be reopened for new applications in spring 2018. For additional information about GeMS funding opportunities, click here.
- – “Epithelial-associated and luminal microbiota linked to inflammatory bowel disease involving the small intestine”, Gianna Hammer, PhD (Immunology)
- – “Impacts of exposures to semi-volatile organic compounds (SVOCs) in indoor environments on the gut microbiomes of toddlers”, Heather Stapleton, PhD (Nicholas School of the Environment)
- – “Unraveling the intestinal microbiome’s impact on clinical responses to PD-1/PD-L1 inhibition in patients with genitourinary cancers”, Tian Zhang, MD and Andrew Armstrong, MD (Medicine – Division of Medical Oncology)