Grand Prize Winner – $5,000* GENEWIZ Credit

Andre Nicola, Ph.D.
University of Brasilia
Research Area: Immunology/Infectious Disease

In response to the Zika outbreak, Dr. Nicola and his team have recently started a project to collect samples from people with Zika in Brazil in order to select by phage display monoclonal antibodies to treat the disease.

Lab Start-Up Winner – $5,000* GENEWIZ Credit

Peter Turnbaugh, Ph.D., Assistant Professor,
University of California San Francisco

Each one of us is home to trillions of microbes that have a widespread impact on our physiology and predisposition to disease. The winner of our Lab-start Up Award studies the role of these microbes in two major areas, pharmacology and nutrition.  Ongoing projects suggest a novel approach to precision medicine that incorporates knowledge of both host and microbial metabolism of drugs.

Free Whole Genome Sequencing Winners

Congratulations to the following winners for our FREE Whole Genome Sequencing giveaway. Each winner will receive five (5) free samples for Whole Genome Sequencing. A value up to $10,000 per institution.

Institut National de la Recherche Agronomique (INRA)

Submitted by: Jean Luc Gatti, Ph.D., Research Director

Research Area: Entomology

Understanding the specificity of interactions between species is a goal of ongoing research in biology and one of the main focuses at the Evolution and Specificity of Multitrophic Interactions lab at INRA in France. Ongoing research in this lab focuses on eukaryote-bacteria interactions with the final objective of deciphering multitrophic relationships.


Submitted by: Gianpaolo Rando, Ph.D., Co-founder & CTO

Research Area: Food Metagenomics

Counterfeit food costs the global food industry $49 Billion annually.  SwissDeCode’s mission is to help businesses eradicate food counterfeiting and mislabeling in order to protect businesses and consumers from consumption of unwanted ingredients. In an effort to expand/improve upon the sensitivity of their tests, SwissDeCode focuses their research on finding genomic level markers in order to implement better screening processes.

Boston’s Children Hospital

Submitted by: Tilman Jobst-Schwan, M.D., Research Fellow

Research Area: Genetics of Childhood Kidney Disease

Genetic studies are commonly used to identify causes for undiagnosed diseases. Family based studies using genetic trios is being used to study genetic relationships between patient-parent in order to increase probabilities to identify variants.  Research to study whole genomes of patient-parent is expected to provide additional insights (as compared with whole-exome sequencing) into undiagnosed causes of childhood kidney disease.

University of Florida

Submitted by: Manjul Dutt, Ph.D., Research Assistant Scientist

Research Area: Citrus Research

Citrus Greening or Huanglongbing (HLB) is a serious bacterial disease that threatens the future of the US citrus industry. All commercial sweet oranges and grapefruit cultivars are susceptible to this disease. There are some other cultivars that can tolerate infection better. Research to understand genetic differences between tolerant plants and non-resistant plants will help to develop disease resistant cultivars.

University of Minnesota / HHMI

Submitted by: Reuben Harris, Ph.D., Principal Investigator

Research Area: Cancer Biology, Virology, and Immunology

The Harris Lab uses a large repertoire of model systems and experimental approaches to understand how DNA mutating enzymes (APOBECs) provide immunity against viral infections, yet in many cases also contribute to tumor evolution through genomic DNA mutagenesis.  The Harris Lab also focuses on the translation of these fundamental scientific discoveries into novel therapeutics against viruses and cancer.

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