STILLWATER, Okla. (AP) - A graduate student at Oklahoma State University has received a research fellowship with the help of the campus supercomputer.
Brian Couger of Frederick received one of just four Champion Fellows designations from XSEDE (EXCEED). The fellowship will allow Couger to collaborate with scientific teams in genetic research.
Couger's specific research area involves genomics, the genetic material of an organism.
As a microbiology and molecular genetics student working toward his doctorate, Couger can use genomic sequencing - a type of decoding process - to study and identify genes that may carry diseases and disorders. Supercomputers are needed because of the vast amount of information contained within a single chromosome.
XSEDE is a research network funded by the National Science Foundation that gives researchers access to high-tech research tools and top scientists.
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