Project Summary //

The focus of research at CIBIO is evolutionary biology, conservation genetics, and ecology in a conservation context. A large part of research lines employs the DNA level analysis of biological diversity. During the last years, new technologies arose in this field, which provide today the opportunity to generate new types of datasets with especially high information content for genome based investigation of biological diversity. The CIBIO-New-Gen project has two main objectives:


1. to install New Generation sequencing platforms and integrate the respective techniques in CIBIO scientists research;   2. to equip the unit with the computer infrastructure necessary to handle the increasing amount of data and analytical procedures for downstream sequence analysis and for modeling approaches.


This activity will be accompanied by strengthening our research staff and by training and exchange of expertise in collaboration with international partners. The acquisition and implementation of the new technologies and the development of the respective expertise will enable the institution to fully develop its potential in quality of research and international recognition.

As indicated above the CIBIO unit intends through this REGPOT project to strengthen its impact on a regional and international scale by using an integrated approach that involves the acquisition of research equipment to remain internationally competitive, the acquisition of additional expertise to implement this equipment, the intensification of dissemination activities to foster its international recognition and to further reinforce its involvement in regional and national stakeholder activities.

Moreover, an overall objective is also to ensure that CIBIO becomes a full participant of the European Research Area (ERA), reinforces its excellence and creativity and be able to take advantage of the knowledge and know-how existing in high ranking institutions in Europe (e.g. the MPI for evolutionary anthropology and Uppsala University) and the USA (e.g. University of California, Berkeley), all of them world leading research organizations. With the implementation of this project, CIBIO’s active contribution to the regional economy and social welfare will be significantly increased.