The Sandefur Lab is excited to be a collaborator on the recently awarded UNC Research Opportunities Initiative (UNC ROI) project entitled “Data Science: Infohub for Rare Diseases.” Lead investigator: Alexander Tropsha, the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Partnering institutions: North Carolina Central University, North Carolina State University, the University of North Carolina at Pembroke. This project will leverage recent developments in the state’s strategic areas of data science and rare diseases to create a data hub that will improve the understanding of diseases and accelerate the development of novel therapies.
Dr. Conner Sandefur will participate in the project in two main areas. One, he and Dr. Timothy Elston, UNC Chapel Hill, will co-mentor a postdoctoral research who will apply mathematical modeling to investigate molecular mechanisms that regulate the dynamics of intracellular signaling pathways. The ultimate goal of this research is to generate predictive models that can be applied to the design of novel therapies. Two, Dr. Sandefur will serve as director of outreach for the SE NC regional Rare Disease Infohub located at UNCP. The goal of this regional hub is to engage health care providers and community members and develop regionally-specific, culturally appropriate tools for dissemination.