This fall, GCB welcomed two new members: Anne Yoder, Ph.D., and Purushothama Rao Tata, Ph.D.
After six successful years as a member of Duke University Institiutes and Centers, GCB is finding a new home in the Department of Biostatistics and Bioinformatics (B&B), and more specifically into the Division of Integrative Genomics, which is currently led by GCB faculty member Andrew Allen.
“University Institutes and Centers are not meant to last forever,” GCB Director Greg Wray said. “Once you figure out their role, you figure out where they best fit.”
This reorganization will allow the Center to continue its mission of catalyzing innovative, interdisciplinary research in genomic and computational biology across Duke’s campus. It will also be able to explore new synergies, especially within B&B.
GCB’s educational programs are vital to its mission and will continue as before. The center continue to house the Computational Biology and Bioinformatics (CBB) Ph.D. program and will continue to offer and grow GCB Academy. Likewise, four of the five core facilities will also remain part of GCB: Sequencing and Genomic Technologies, Proteomics and Metabolomics, Genomic Analysis and Bioinformatics, and Computational Solutions. The Microbiome Shared Resource will move into the Department of Molecular Genetics and Microbiology.
While change can be intimidating, the future of GCB is bright. “GCB is strong because of our strong community and the research we do,” Wray said.