UCI Assistant Professor of Developmental & Cell Biology Ali Mortazavi will share $10 million in grant funding over four years with the California Institute of Technology in Pasadena to establish a mapping center to pinpoint where genes, and the regulatory elements that control them, lie within the entire genome.

It’s expected to be one of eight centers across the nation.

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The grant is from the National Institutes of Health, which is expanding its effort to create a fundamental genomics resource for scientific use in studying human health and disease. The funding goes through UCI to Morazavi, according to a university spokesperson, who said it’s a “significant” award for an assistant professor.

The award will enable UCI-Caltech Precision Transcriptome Center to explore the structure of all known genes, using state-of-the-art technologies across a broader diversity of biological samples—including those from individuals with various diseases, as well as highly specialized cells, according to the university.

Mortazavi will get $5 million of the grant.