Bringing Members Together
Despite the genome center’s name, not all of its member institutions are from New York City. Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory, Stony Brook University, and much of the North Shore-LIJ Health System are on Long Island. The Jackson Laboratory’s main campus is in Bar Harbor, ME, with another facility in Sacramento, CA.
Jackson Lab is planning to expand in Farmington, CT, where it wants to build The Jackson Laboratory for Genomic Medicine, focusing on systems genetics and genomic medicine; Connecticut’s legislature authorized $291 million in bond funding toward the project in October.
“Once you’ve done the sequencing and interpretation of data to be able to understand where the variants actually lie, and you want to begin testing in models what will happen in terms of preclinical work and phenotyping once you get into clinical trials, the Jackson Laboratory can provide those models and do that phenotyping work,” Kelley commented.
NYGC will help in building those models as well as perform much of the sequencing for UConn’s collaboration with Jackson Lab. “Jackson will be a natural extension of the science that will be done at the New York Genome Center,” Kelley added.
Joining Jackson Lab, Cold Spring Harbor Lab, Stony Brook, and North Shore-LIJ as founding members of the genome center are Columbia University, Cornell University/Weill Cornell Medical College, Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center, Mount Sinai Medical Center, New York-Presbyterian Hospital, New York University/NYU School of Medicine, and The Rockefeller University. The Hospital for Special Surgery is an associate founding member, participating in the center’s scientific collaborations but not its governance since its investment is smaller than those of the 11 founding institutions.