Facing the COVID-19 pandemic, Pennsylvania policy makers called on Pitt's Public Health Dynamics Laboratory to create epidemic models used in the state's first mitigation responses. The Laboratory relied heavily on the computing resources of CRC to model millions of potential actions of individuals and groups, using of one of several priority computing allocations CRC made possible for research related to COVID-19.
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When not working with CRC collaborators, research assistant professor Barry Moore ll teaches himself advanced programming languages like Haskell - while streaming his own learning sessions. Follow the live stream and find previous sessions on his Twitch channel and an archive of sessions on his YouTube channel. Barry is presenting online workshops in June through the Health Sciences Library:
Ruth Mostern, director of Pitt’s World History Center, spearheads the World Historical Gazetteer digital atlas supported by CRC. The WHG is searchable by names of places and natural features covering several thousand years, with data in multiple layers from sources linking people and events associated with places. “The gazetteer is a two-way platform for scholarly communication,” explains Mostern. “It will improve people’s own research while researchers also contribute to a growing shared resource.”
At left is the skyline of modern Istanbul, Turkey, identified in the WHG by the city's many names in different languages, and associated historical events over millennia.
Xiaosong Wang, associate professor in pathology and biomedical Informatics, leads the Computational Genomics and Translational Cancer Biology lab in the Pitt Cancer Institute. This unified computational and wet laboratory explores cancer genomics using next generation sequencing and genome profiling in a multidisciplinary approach uniting researchers in bioinformatics, genetics, and molecular and cell biology. The lab’s guiding principle is translational “bench to bedside” research – transforming genomic data into precision medicine to battle cancers, particularly breast cancer.
CRC is supporting the development and human imaging studies of a powerful new MRI technology being done by Pitt's Radiofrequency Research Facility and the 7 Tesla Bioengineering Research program led by bioengineering professor Tamer Ibrahim. The 7 Tesla scanner is one of the most powerful MRI devices in the world, able to reveal details not visible in typical MRI machines. particularly in brain markers implicated in diseases associated with aging, such as Alzheimer’s and late life depression, The lab l develops adiofrequency antennas to create even electromagnetic waves to avoid potentially dangerous heating of brain tissue, for which the team uses CRC to simulate hundreds of thousands of possible antenna configurations.