Apr 2015 - Dec 2015
Nov 2014 - Jan 2016
Sep 2013 - Dec 2013
Yingxue Ren: Search for Missing Variants in Large Exome Sequencing Projects by Optimization of Analytic Pipelines, in Application to Alzheimer's disease
Blue Waters Symposium 2018, Jun 6, 2018
25th Annual Conference Intelligent Systems for Molecular Biology (ISMB) and 16th annual European Conference on Computational Biology (ECCB); Prague, Czech Republic, Jul 25, 2017
Blue Waters Symposium 2017, May 16, 2017
Pacific Symposium on Biocomputing 2017; Big Island of Hawaii, Hawaii, U.S.A., Jan 5, 2017
Blue Waters Symposium 2016, Jun 14, 2016
Blue Waters Symposium 2015, May 13, 2015
Nov 24, 2014
Eighteen researchers at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign received allocations on the Blue Waters petascale supercomputer at the National Center for Supercomputing Applications (NCSA). A portion of available time on Blue Waters is reserved for University faculty and staff projects like these that require the system’s unique capabilities. Ten of the awards will continue projects already running on Blue Waters, related to a wide variety of topics like tornadoes, steel casting, and cell function, among others. Eight allocations are for new projects.
Mar 7, 2017
Twenty-six research teams at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign have been allocated computation time on the National Center for Supercomputing Application's (NCSA) sustained-petascale Blue Waters supercomputer after applying in Fall 2016. These allocations range from 25,000 to 600,000 node-hours of compute time over a time span of either six months or one year. The research pursuits of these teams are incredibly diverse, ranging anywhere from physics to political science.
Jun 15, 2016
The National Center for Supercomputing Applications at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign is helping change the way genetic medicine is researched and practiced in Africa. Members of the Blue Waters team recently made it possible to discover genomic variants in over 300 deeply sequenced human samples to help construct a genotyping chip specific for African populations. ... Much of what is known about the genetics of diseases is based on people with European ancestry. The Consortium for Human Heredity and Health in Africa — H3Africa — aims to change that by promoting health research that takes into account the genetic diversity of African populations.
Feb 3, 2015
The release of the film, "Still Alice," in September 2014 shone a much-needed light on Alzheimer's disease, a debilitating neurological disease that affects a growing number of Americans each year. ... "We re interested in studying the genetics of Alzheimer's disease," said Mariet Allen, a post-doctoral fellow at the Mayo Clinic in Florida. "Can we identify genetic risk factors and improve our understanding of the biological pathways and cellular mechanisms that can play a role in the disease process?" Allen is part of a team of researchers from the Mayo Clinic who are using Blue Waters, one of the most powerful supercomputers in the world, to decode the complicated language of genetic pathways in the brain. In doing so, they hope to provide insights into what genes and proteins are malfunctioning in the brain, causing amyloid beta plaques, tau protein tangles and brain atrophy due to neuronal cell loss--the telltale signs of the disease--and how these genes can be detected and addressed.