The Center for Integrated Research Computing (CIRC) held its first monthly symposium of the academic year on September 21, 2012. This month’s featured speaker, Professor Benjamin L. Miller, Ph.D., from the Departments of Dermatology, Biochemistry and Biophysics, and Biomedical Engineering, discussed the role of biosensors in diagnostics.
Biosensors are used for a variety of purposes, including monitoring blood glucose levels and detecting diseases. Eventually, biosensors could be used in a way to diagnose diseases such as HIV and Human Papillomavirus (HPV) by inserting samples into computers and immediately receiving feedback on diagnoses.
Miller explained, “We want to detect molecules and their interactions. We work on sensors that can easily, selectively and precisely detect molecules, thereby potentially allowing us to turn this into something that would be usable in the lab or at home.”
Brendan Mort, Ph.D., Director of the CIRC, also shared information about the partnership between New York State, IBM and the University, which resulted in the installation of a Blue Gene/Q supercomputer this summer. Mort says, “It is currently available to pilot users, who are scaling up their codes and research problems to take advantage of the massive number of CPU cores available.”
The next CIRC symposium will be on Friday, October 19 from 11:30am to 1:00pm in URMC 2-6408 (K-207 Auditorium). The featured speaker will be Alex Rosenberg, Ph.D., Director of Bioinformatics and Professor of Allergy, Immunology, and Rheumatology, whose talk will focus on practical bioinformatics for data-rich science. Martin Huarte-Espinosa, Ph.D., from the Department of Physics and Astronomy will give the ongoing research talk.
Visit the CIRC’s website for more details regarding resources available to University researchers and other upcoming events.