Spotlight on the Bioinformatics Consulting and Services Core: The UNC-NCSU Superfund Research Program

The Bioinformatics Consulting and Services Core (BCSC) has received a subcontract to partner with the UNC Superfund Research Program to provide assistance in biostatistics and bioinformatics, starting with the 2014-2015 grant year.  BCSC staff members Elizabeth Scholl, Ph.D., and Allison Dickey, Ph.D., provide consulting assistance to Superfund investigators at UNC-Chapel Hill and NCSU, under the direction of Superfund Bioinformatics leader Fred Wright, Ph.D.  “The BCSC provides important infrastructure to the Superfund Research Program, as well as a combination of expertise in biostatistics and bioinformatics,” says Wright.  Adds Dr. Alison Motsinger-Reif, Director of the BCSC, “this is the sort of partnership that benefits both NCSU and UNC, maximizing efficiency by combining our collective talents.”

The UNC Superfund Research Program (UNC SRP) seeks to understand the human health and environmental risks associated with exposure to toxic chemicals found at hazardous waste sites (  Research projects span biomedicine and engineering approaches in environmental sciences, with principal investigators across both institutions.