Gene Stowe | Aug. 5, 2013 | Notre Dame College of Science
Patricia L. Clark, the Rev. John Cardinal O’Hara, C.S.C. Professor of Chemistry and Biochemistry, has received a $3.8M award from the National Institutes of Health (NIH) to lead a pioneering model of collaboration that draws together seven institutions, eight co-primary-investigators (PIs) and six postdoctoral associates to study macromolecular interactions in living cells.
The Protein Translation Research Network (PTRN) represents a new approach to collaborative research expressly designed to reduce barriers to collaboration between NIH-funded investigators at geographically distant sites. “The purpose of the network is to glue together labs who already have existing research programs in this area,” Clark said. “By collaborating closely and dynamically, research questions that might be impossible for a lab to answer individually will now be accessible. The eight laboratories are from widely different fields, ranging from bacterial genetics, computer simulations, biophysics and everything in between, which we expect will facilitate new interdisciplinary collaborations.”