Welcome to the website of the Oklahoma Center of Biomedical Research Excellence in Structural Biology (OCSB). This NIH-funded center supports research groups on the OU-Norman and OUHSC campuses that utilize a structural approach to study important biological macromolecules, in particular, proteins or nucleic acids that are promising targets for rationale drug design. Structural biology lies at the intersection of many different areas of biological sciences and thus has the potential of impacting numerous biomedically important fields. The OCSB was established in 2012 with an NIH COBRE Phase I award (1P20GM103640-01) and a Phase II renewal grant (2P20GM103640-06) was awarded 2017. These grants have provided significant resources for investigators at OU, OUHSC and others throughout the State for structure-based biomedical studies.
The overall objectives of the OCSB for the Phase II award period are to:
1) Support and augment the research activities and career development of junior and mid-career investigators.
2) Continue to provide state-of-the-art research core facilities in support of structural biology researchers.
3) Continue to promote and enhance the visibility of structural biology in the State of Oklahoma.
Collectively, these objectives are expected to build on the momentum achieved during our Phase I grant period, and enhance our program in the areas of junior faculty career development, improvement of research infrastructure, research training/education, and outreach activities.
Ann West, Program Director, OU-Norman
Gillian Air, Associate Program Director, OUHSC
Funded by a grant from the National Institute of General Medical Sciences of the National Institutes of Health (Award No. P20GM103640).
To acknowledge COBRE support:
"Research reported in this [publication, release] was supported by an Institutional Development Award (IDeA) from the National Institute of General Medical Sciences of the National Institutes of Health under grant number P20GM103640."