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Salk Institute wins $4.4 million grant to build data center

By SALK INSTITUTE

The Salk Institute for Biological Studies has received a $4.4 million grant from the National Institutes of Health to build a state-of-the-art data center that will dramatically increase its research computing power for the next decade.

Only one of two such construction grants awarded in California and 14 nationwide, Salk’s latest grant is part of the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009.

“This NIH grant comes at just the right time considering Salk’s growing strength in computational neurobiology and studies in epigenetics, fields of research that require intense computing power,” said Salk’s president, William R. Brody. “Having a modernized data center with the ability to compute and store hundreds of terabytes of information opens the door to a new level of scientific exploration and discovery at the Salk.”

While the Salk Institute’s traditional strength has been in “wet-bench” molecular and genetic research, its influence in computational biology has grown in recent years. Salk investigators now apply increasingly powerful computational approaches, such as neurobiological modeling, to answer an array of research questions.