The Administrative Core is responsible for the development and implementation of the COBRE Center for Computational Biology of Human Disease including the mentoring and evaluation programs. The scientific leaders of the COBRE Center and the Computational Biology Core, with input from the Internal Advisory Committee (IAC) and External Advisory Committee (EAC), will strategically plan the development, growth, and sustainability of this multidisciplinary research center. The Program Coordinator of the Center coordinates the implementation of the strategic plan. The duties of the Administrative Core span five academic and two clinical departments at three institutions and is responsible for administering the COBRE Center’s leadership, advisement, management, infrastructure, research, and mentoring programs. The Administrative Core will facilitate growth and sustainability of the Center by carrying out the specific tasks of scheduling meetings, planning events, recording meeting minutes, gathering data, tracking performance metrics, maintaining records, preparing reports, developing online reporting tools, administratively assisting the researchers, coordinating interviews, establishing a website, communicating with stakeholders and regional COBRE directors, and promoting the COBRE Center.

The main goals of the Administrative core are:

  1. To provide scientific leadership and administrative support to coordinate existing faculty strengths in biomedical research, computational, biology, applied mathematics and statistics with development of critical staffing in computational biology infrastructure to strengthen and promote research competitiveness.
  2. To develop a productive and sustainable junior faculty mentoring program to facilitate achievement of independent research funding and individual professional development goals with an overall objective to increase cross-disciplinary collaborations and strengthen research competitiveness of the target investigators and our participating institutions.
  3. To employ formative and summative evaluation strategies that evaluate and monitor the effectiveness and impact of the COBRE program, to increase the likelihood that this COBRE project evolves into a sustainably relevant, continuously improving, nationally recognized Center for computational approaches to human disease research.