Saturday, January 15, 2005 - 12:15am

UGA partners with University of Pennsylvania for bio-defense and infectious disease research project.

The University of Georgia signed a five-year $3.0 million subcontract to develop a database that will contain comprehensive information about some pathogens on a bio-defense priority list established by the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Disease. The subcontract teams UGA with the University of Pennsylvania to develop a “virtual database” that serves as a single access point to genomic and related information about parasites in the phylum Apicomplexa, which includes organisms that cause malaria and toxoplasmosis.

NIAID, part of the National Institutes of Health, awarded a total of eight contracts in 2004 to establish national Bioinformatics Resource Centers, including the Penn/UGA award.

Jessica Kissinger, assistant professor of genetics and member of UGA's Center for Tropical and Emerging Global Diseases, is the principal investigator for UGA; co-principal investigators a re Eileen Kraemer, associate professor of computer science, and John A. Miller, professor of computer science.