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HiPerGator Enables Neuroscience Research at Sea

Photo credit: Maria Farias, UF Health Creative Services

With the aid of HiPerGator, UF researchers are conducting genome scale sequencing at sea, in real time. The goal of the research is to advance the field of human regeneration medicine, which may help those who suffer catastrophic brain or spinal cord injuries.

A team of researchers led by Leonid Moroz, Distinguished Professor of Neuroscience, Genetics, Biology, and Chemistry, is collecting fragile sea creatures, performing genomic sequencing on these tiny life-forms, and sending the data back to HiPerGator for immediate, real-time analysis. Data collection and analysis like this used to take weeks and require the research vessel to return to port. Not now, not with HiPerGator. Dr. Moroz is very excited to conduct this research and analyze the data:

“We cannot regenerate our own brain or our spinal cords. We cannot efficiently heal wounds without scars. Some animals do it in 2 1/2 hours. We need to learn how they do it!”

HiPerGator is already one of the top-ranked supercomputers in the country, and its capabilities are being utilized in Gainesville and around the globe. To learn more about Dr. Moroz and his team’s research, watch the Associated Press video available here.