Bioinformatics Pilot Project Program


The goal of the SC INBRE Bioinformatics Pilot Project Program is to stimulate interest in the application of genomics and bioinformatics methods by supporting research and student training throughout the SC INBRE and South Carolina Clinical and Translational Research Institute (SCTR) networks. Funded projects are expected to generate preliminary data for presentations, publications and grant proposals by faculty and their students. All resulting publications must acknowledge SC INBRE support. 

Currently Closed for Applications (2018 RFA)


Past funded grants have included: 

  • Serge Afeli, Presbyterian College, Role of MRP5 transporters in urothelial bladder cancer cells survival, 2016-2017
  • Paul Anderson, College of Charleston, Differential Alternative Splicing and Gene Expression Stratifies Lung Cancer, 2016-2017
  • Mark Blenner, Clemson University, Determining the role of chromatin structure on the activity of CRISPR-Cas9, 2017-2018
  • Daping Fan, University of South Carolina, Microarray analysis of macrophages with TFEB manipulation, 2016-2017
  • Stuart Gordon, Presbyterian College, Insights into chronic anemia through comparative functional analysis of the fish gut microbiome, 2017-2018
  • David Hollis, Furman University, Transcriptomic analysis of the adult teleost fish brain early response to injury, 2016-2017
  • Kyu-Ho Lee, Medical University of South Carolina, The Nkx2-5 Placental Transcriptome in Development and Disease, 2016-2017
  • Sofia Lizarraga, University of South Carolina, Regulation of gene expression in ASH1L in human neuronal models, 2017-2018
  • Linda Matesic, University of South Carolina, ITCH-regulated signaling pathways in intestinal epithelial homeostasis, 2017-2018
  • Anita Nag, Furman University, Use of proteomics and bioinformatics tools to study host shut-off by SARS CoV, 2017-2018
  • Ann Ramsdell, University of South Carolina, Left-Right Analysis of Mammary Tumors and their Microenvironment by RNA-Seq, 2016-2017
  • Austin Shull, Presbyterian College, Defining the DNA methylation signature in Breast Cancer Stem Cells, 2017-2018
  • Julian Polk Stuart Smith, III, Winthrop University, Anthropogenic Effects on Marine Meiofauna Assessed by High-Throughput Sequencing, 2017-2018
  • Richard Visconti, Medical University of South Carolina, Transcriptome analysis of pathological EMT in the post-infarction mitral valve, 2016-2017
  • Jun Zhu, Hypocretin system: implication for HIV-associated weight loss, 2016-2017
  • More to come


For more information, contact

homayoun valafarDr. Homayoun Valafar 
Associate Professor 
Department of Computer Science and Engineering 
University of South Carolina 
(803) 777-2404 | Email