Starr Foundation Awards $50 Million to Rockefeller University

Starr Foundation Awards $50 Million to Rockefeller University

The New York City-based Starr Foundation has announced gifts totaling $50 million to Rockefeller University in support of centers of computational science and metabolism.

A gift of $25 million will endow the Maurice R. and Corinne P. Greenberg Center for the Study of Inflammation, Microbiome, and Metabolism (previously known as the Center for Basic and Translational Research on Disorders of the Digestive System). The center comprises more than twenty Rockefeller laboratories investigating microbiome dynamics, metabolic disorders, chronic inflammation, autoimmunity, cancer, and other diseases that affect the digestive system.

A second gift of $25 million will establish the Starr Center for Computational and Quantitative Science, which has a broad mandate to expand the university's capabilities in applying advanced mathematics and computation to the analysis of biological and biomedical data, including artificial intelligence and deep learning approaches to the analysis of the kinds of very large data sets that are becoming commonplace in fields such as genomics, structural biology, neuroscience, developmental biology, drug discovery, and biomedicine. Among other things, the gift will support the recruitment of faculty, the purchase of equipment, and operating costs.

Both gifts were made as part of the university's Campaign for Transforming Biomedicine, which raised $1.17 billion over eight years and closed this summer.

"It has been a year with significant infrastructure investments critical to the work of Rockefeller scientists," said Rockefeller University president Richard P. Lifton. "To also receive such substantial contributions to our ongoing science, including our faculty recruitment efforts, shows the dedication our benefactors have in their support of our work."