The Omics and Structural Research Center (OSRC) is one of the flagship projects implemented at the Jagiellonian University in Krakow under the "Excellence Initiative – Research University" program. OSRC is a joint venture of five units of the Jagiellonian University forming the Priority Research Area BioS.
The assumption of the project is to create a well-equipped and thriving omics and structural research center at the Jagiellonian University.
Under the collective, informal name "omics" there are new branches of science, such as e.g. genomics, transcriptomics, proteomics and metabolomics, providing knowledge about: DNA, mRNA, proteins and metabolites, respectively.
Omics and structural studies are fundamental to understanding how living organisms function. By combining data from various omics studies, it is possible to obtain an accurate picture of events taking place at the molecular level, and to compare processes occurring in healthy and malfunctioning cells.
Conducting omics research requires the use of advanced, high-throughput equipment and high computing power for data analysis. The funds in the project are intended for the purchase of DNA sequencing platforms and a mass spectrometer, and for the employment of specialists to operate the above-mentioned equipment.