About Transformative Technologies

We support and encourage the application of next-generation technologies to transform clinical practice and translational research.

Focused on discovery and validation, we provide individual investigators a no-cost, personalized mentoring program offering highly specialized expertise in:

  • Genomics (including microbiome studies)
  • Proteomics
  • Structural Biology
  • Imaging (whole animal to cellular level)
  • Metabolomics

How Do You Go From a Disease Model to a Biomarker?

Step 1: Target Discovery
Find a potential cause or molecular diagnostic for the disease. Use the best method or technology to find the cause in the disease population.
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Step 2: Biomarker Validation
Prove your discovery does what you think it does by testing it under controlled conditions on a large set of representative samples.
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View eligibility criteria for this service.

Eligibility Criteria

  • UNC-CH researchers should hold a faculty appointment. UNC-CH faculty researchers who only hold an Adjunct appointment are not eligible to apply.
  • UNC-CH researchers whose appointment allows them to serve as PI on externally sponsored research projects are eligible — for instance researchers holding EPA non-faculty “research scientist” appointments at UNC’s research institutes and centers.
  • Members of NC TraCS-affiliated academic partner institutions and community organizations are eligible if they include a UNC-CH faculty member as a collaborator or co-investigator.