Institute for Genome Architecture and Function

Posted: June 15th, 2015

About The Institute for Genome Architecture and Function (IGAF):
The Colorado State University Institute for Genome Architecture and Function was established in February 2015. It is a collaborative and interdisciplinary research consortium founded by seven faculty members from the Colleges of Natural Sciences, Veterinary Medicine & Biomedical Sciences, and Engineering, and support from the Catalyst for Innovative Partnerships (CIP) program by the Office of the Vice President for Research. The CIP program aims to support and develop innovative interdisciplinary teams that will elevate scientific research to drive technological solutions and forge partnerships across sectors. Two of the founding IGAF CIP team investigators, Drs. Jennifer DeLuca, and Laurie Stargell, are in the Department of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology. The third founding member, Dr. Karolin Luger, holds the Jenny-Smoly-Caruthers Endowed Chair of Chemistry and Biochemistry at the University of Colorado.

The mission of IGAF is to make a significant contribution to human knowledge by elucidating genome architecture at all levels of resolution to reveal its diverse functions. The Institute is committed to developing and providing state-of-the art imaging tools, structural and molecular biological technical resources, as well as computational and mathematical models and methods that will advance our understanding of genetic regulatory networks and how they contribute to health, disease, and evolution. IGAF is composed of scientists engaged in cross-college, interdisciplinary, highly collaborative, and innovative research projects with other members across the Institute.

The vision of IGAF is to galvanize collaborative and interdisciplinary research, to develop and disseminate enabling technologies, and to facilitate broader scope and innovation. In addition to sharing the research expertise of its members, the Institute will support core facilities / technologies in microscopy, and protein expression and purification. Thus, the functions of the Institute for Genome Architecture and Function are to:

  1. Enable Cross-disciplinary and Collaborative Research
  2. Provide Support for Innovative New Research Projects
  3. Develop Enabling Technologies and Facilities
  4. Establish an Institute Seminar Program
  5. Provide Graduate and Postdoctoral Training
  6. Develop Institute Summer Courses and Workshops
  7. Acquire External Partnerships / Funding

The IGAF Founding Members & Board of Directors:
Lucas Argueso
Environmental and Radiological Health Sciences
College of Veterinary Medicine & Biomedical Sciences

Susan Bailey
Environmental and Radiological Health Sciences
College of Veterinary Medicine & Biomedical Sciences
http://www.today.colostate.edu/story.aspx?id=9885

Randy Bartels
Electrical and Computer Engineering
College of Engineering
http://projects-web.engr.colostate.edu/ultrafast/

Jennifer DeLuca
Biochemistry and Molecular Biology
College of Natural Sciences

Karolin Luger
Jenny-Smoly-Caruthers Endowed Chair of Chemistry and Biochemistry
University of Colorado

Ashok Prasad
Chemical and Biological Engineering
College of Engineering

Laurie Stargell
Biochemistry and Molecular Biology
College of Natural Sciences

For more information about the Institute for Genome Architecture and Function, how it will contribute to research at Colorado State University, and current events and announcements, please visit the IGAF website at: https://vprnet.research.colostate.edu/igaf/

For more articles about IGAF, please see:

http://source.colostate.edu/ovpr-invests-collaboration/

http://www.collegian.com/2015/03/csu-research-team-awarded-200000-to-create-genome-institute/115329/