UC Merced has diverse top-notch research facilities, including the Stem Cell Instrumentation Foundry (SCIF), a shared high-performance computing (HPC) cluster for Multi-Environment Research Computer for Exploration and Discovery (MERCED), and a shared Illumina MiSeq for Next-Generation Sequencing.
MERCED High-Performance Computing Cluster
Scientific computing catalyzes discovery. An unusually large (>13%) and diverse fraction of UC Merced faculty specialize in computational science across all three of its Schools: Natural Sciences (SNS), Engineering (SoE), and Social Sciences, Humanities and the Arts (SSHA). UC Merced faculty Hrant Hratchian, Suzanne Sindi, and Jian-Qiao Sun were recently awarded a National Science Foundation Major Research Instrumentation Award to develop the Multi-Environment Research Computer for Exploration and Discovery (MERCED) Cluster, a shared High-Performance Computing (HPC) Cluster. The MERCED Cluster facilitates exciting collaborations, supports early career researchers, advances learning and research experience opportunities for UC Merced's diverse and underserved student population, facilitating undergraduate research experiences at UC Merced. The MERCED cluster also acts as a centerpiece of regional collaboration and training with nearby universities in California's Central Valley. See this article for a full description of the new cluster.
With support from the University of California Office of the President, UC Merced's School of Natural Sciences has invested in an Illumina MiSeq to facilitate Next-Generation Sequencing as a shared faculty resource. This instrument is currently overseen by Prof. Carolin Frank, with day-to-day management and support provided by Lolo Cardenas.
In collaboration with individual labs, the core provides sequencing for smaller scale projects (i.e. on an Illumina MiSeq) as well as quality control and library preparation for larger-scale sequencing projects at other UC core facilities (i.e. on the Illumina HiSeq). The core has developed expertise in targeted gene sequencing, metagenomics, small genome sequencing, targeted gene expression, and amplicon sequencing, and maintains the following equipment; an Illumina MiSeq, a 2100 Agilent BioAnalyzer, a Qubit fluorometer, and a Covaris M220 focused ultrasonicator.