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KBRIN SGD Support Center

The KBRIN advanced it’s bioinformatics infrastructure by establishing a training and support center for the Small Genome Discovery (SGD) program at Western Kentucky University in 2014. This center serves as a focal point to train and support the SGD programs at 15 universities and community colleges across the Commonwealth of Kentucky. The SGD Support Center (SGDSC) complements the two core sequencing facilities at the University of Kentucky and University of Louisville.

SGD Support Center
1906 College Heights Blvd. 11080
Bowling Green, KY 42101-1080
Wet Lab Support Phone:   270-745-6276, Amanda Staples
Genome Annotation Support Phone:   270-745-6892, Bobby Gaffney
Resource Support Cloud:   kbrinsgd.org/owncloud/
SGD Forums (wiki):          kbrinsgd.org/forum/

Bioinformatics and Genome Annotation Support
Dr. Bobby Gaffney                    Dr. Claire Rinehart
bobby.gaffney@wku.edu           claire.rinehart@wku.edu
270-745-6892                          270-745-6892

Wet Lab Support
Amanda Staples                       Dr. Rodney King
amanda.staples@wku.edu         rodney.king@wku.edu
270-745-6276                          270-745-6910


SGD Support Center Services

The SGDSC will:

- conduct workshops to train faculty from new network schools in the implementation of the SGD program into their curriculum.

- archive all phages generated at the network schools. These will serve as an accessible resource for larger comparative research projects.

- facilitate the sequencing and finishing of genomes for phage DNA from each network institution.

- provide technical support for the methods and protocols used in phage isolation and purification, DNA sequence analysis, genome annotation, and genome submission for publication in GenBank.

- maintain a wiki to encourage communication between faculty and students within the SGD network.

- sponsor an annual SGD Symposium for student and faculty presentation of their research results.