Researcher at UCSD gets $16.6 million grant

A researcher at UC San Diego received a $16.6 million grant from the National Institutes of Health to map elements of the human epigenome, the university announced Tuesday.

The five-year grant, awarded to Bing Ren, associate professor of cellular and molecular medicine at UCSD, will support The San Diego Epigenome Center at the university’s Ludwig Institute of Cancer Research.

A total of $190 million in grants was awarded to four recipients by the NIH through its Roadmap Epigenomics Program.

Ren’s grant will fund work to comprehensively map elements of the human epigenome, which the UCSD scientist described as “like an added dimension to the DNA string.’'