Neuromics

illustration of brain mapThe Center for Neuromics (CfN) promotes the study of the nervous system using informatics and computational approaches.

High performance computing at Georgia State is becoming a major component of research in a number of laboratories in the Neuroscience Institute. The CfN acts as the nucleus for this research by bringing together researchers, resources, and expertise.

Research

‘Omics’ research of the nervous system is the collective characterization and quantification of pools of biological molecules, such as genes or proteins, or ensembles of neurons that translate into the structure, function, and dynamics of the nervous system.

The Center for Neuromics co-sponsors a BLAST server, which allows researchers to compare their gene sequences against those generated by Neuroscience Institute researchers.

Join the listserv to keep up to date about events and activities of the CfN.

For more information about the Center for Neuromics, contact the CFN director, Dr. Paul S. Katz.

  • Neurogenomics Forum: Researchers using neuroinformatics gather monthly for an informal meeting to discuss research and common interests. Check the event calendar for more details.
  • Workshops: Neurogenomics workshops are held periodically to provide detailed instructions about techniques in neurogenomics such as how to measure differential expression. Check the event calendar for more details.

Student hosted seminar speakers

neuronEach year, the CfN provides funds for GSU Neuroscience students to host a nationally recognized seminar speaker.

  • 2015 Linda Watkins, University of Colorado, Boulder, Dept. of Psychology & Neuroscience
    " 'Listening' and 'Talking' to Neurons: Clinical Implications of Glial Dysregulation of Pain, Opioid Actions & Drugs of Abuse - Moving from Concept to Clinical Trials!"
  • 2014 Frances Champagne, Columbia University, Dept. Psychology
    "Epigenetic Impact of Early Life Experiences on the Developing Brain

Center for Neuromics Student Grants

The CfN offers small grants for student research. The 2014 grant recipients were:

  • Richard Campbell, "Splice variants differentially regulate gene expression required for neural differentiation of GABAergic motor neurons in Caenorhabditis elegans"
  • Lori Eidson, "Ventrolateral Periaqueductal Gray Toll-like Receptor 4 Modulates Morphine Tolerance via Tumor Necrosis Factor α Signaling"
  • Arianna Tamvacakis, "Investigating serotonin receptor expression in single neurons underlying independently evolved swimming behaviors in sea slugs"

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Internal Resources

  • GSU High Performance Computing - access to ORION, which is comprised of six IBM System x3850 X5 Servers, two Dell PowerEdge R720, and one Silicon Mechanics SuperServer 8027R-TRF.

External Resources