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Scientists are exploring innovative approaches to precision medicine at the Cancer Institute of New Jersey, which joined Rutgers July 1 with the integration of the University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey. David Foran (right), the Cancer Institutes’ chief informatics officer and a professor of pathology, is collaborating with Shridar Ganesan (seated), the institute’s associate director for translational science, and Manish Parashar (center), professor of electrical and computer engineering at Rutgers. Foran recently received a $2 million grant from NIH to support his development of computational tools for classifying different types of cancers. He is working with Parashar, who directs the Rutgers Discovery Informatics Institute, which is powered by an IBM Blue Gene®/P supercomputer. Ganesan, a medical oncologist, is heading a genomic analysis study that is linking to the imaging research.

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