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New: Lawrence Berkeley Lab Gets $13.5M for Cancer Research

By Riya Bhattacharjee
Monday March 22, 2010 - 04:08:00 PM

Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory will receive $13.5 million from the National Cancer Institute to develop computational models that predict breast cancer responses to therapeutic agents. 

Under this grant, Berkeley Lab will host one of 11 new Centers for Cancer Systems Biology, which will be co-directed by Joe Gray, director of the LBNL’s Life Sciences Division 

“We’re proud to have been selected by NCI to be a part of its effort to study cancer as a systemic disease, an effort we feel is critical to the future of cancer research,” said Gray in a statement. “Our work will help advance the development of breast cancer diagnostic and therapeutic strategies that are effective and durable.” 

Gray will co-direct the new cancer center along with Claire Tomlin, a professor of electrical engineering and computer sciences at UC Berkeley. 

In addition to researchers from Berkeley Lab and UC Berkeley and San Francisco, the new center will also involve participants from the University of Texas and the University of Warwick.  

Principal investigators include Berkeley Lab’s Paul Spellman, UCSF’s Michael Korn, Gordon Mills at MD Anderson and Sach Mukherjee in England.  

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