The University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio is one of three institutions set to receive a portion of a $5 million grant from the National Science Foundation (NSF) to further develop SciGaP (Science Gateway Platform). The SciGaP is a technology that hosts a variety of science gateways from different locations, enabling researchers to combine their resources in one place.
By further developing the SciGaP, scientists are better able to collaborate their research and access a variety of high-tech electronic tools such as top-tier supercomputers and telescopes. This type of scientific gateway is essential for the development of new scientific discoveries in many fields, particularly in the areas of medicine, earthquake science, and physics.
Lead investigator at the University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio (UTHSCSA) for the SciGaP initiative is Borries Demeler, Associate Professor in the Department of Biochemistry. Dr. Demeler is engaged in developing high-resolution analysis software for analytical ultracentrifugation experiments at UTHSCSA, and has most recently been directly involved in leading the development of the UltraScan data analysis software package, which is a suite of software used for modeling of hydrodynamic and thermodynamic properties of biological and synthetic macromolecules, and interactions and thermodynamic characteristics of macromolecular assemblies. Given his expertise, he is well-positioned to work with the SciGaP team.
He and his team will work alongside the San Diego Supercomputer Center as well as the lead research facility in the project, Indiana University’s Information Technology Service’s Science Gateways Group.
Demeler and his team at UTHSCSA are set to receive approximately one-fourth of the $5 million grant being awarded by the NSF, which they will use to integrate their UltraScan gateway with SciGaP.