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Mount Marty Growth Continues on Genome Research


Published Date11\15\2012
Mount Marty College was recently awarded a grant from the Microbial Genome Annotation Network (MGAN) to start up a South Dakota Genomics Consortium to expand their involvement in the GEBA Annotation Collaboration. Of all the applications received, only three proposals were accepted and provided with the funding to start up a regional collaboration. This consortium will provide ongoing training for Mount Marty College faculty that will incorporate the Department of Energy research into coursework at the college.

With the creation of the SD Genomics Consortium not only will MMC receive training, but other colleges in South Dakota will as well. Dakota State University, South Dakota School of Mines and Technology, Black Hills State University, Northern State University, South Dakota State University and the University of Sioux Falls will all be benefiting from the training and incorporate the undergraduate research into upcoming courses.

Mount Marty College Assistant Professor of Biology, Dr. Vicki Geiser, was pleased about being awarded the grant. "This is a wonderful opportunity for our students. It gives them more knowledge and exposure in the areas of bioinformatics and genomics and will make them more marketable when applying for jobs or graduate education after their time at Mount Marty. It's an area that needs attention and we're now able to provide that."

The SD Genomics Consortium's first training will be held in Chamberlain, SD on November 17 and 18.

For more information on the Department of Energy research and genomics project at Mount Marty College, please contact Vicki Geiser at 605-668-1606 or vicki.geiser@mtmc.edu.