Associate Professor Can Alkan received a Horizon Europe project grant from the European Commission.

Associate Professor Can Alkan is leading an international consortium as the coordinator of the project “BioPIM – Processing-in-memory architectures and programming libraries for bioinformatics algorithms” of the Horizon Europe call “European Innovation Council Pathfinder Open”. Together with partners from Switzerland, France, and Israel, Dr. Alkan will focus on co-designing algorithms and data structures commonly used in bioinformatics together with emerging processing-in-memory hardware technologies to obtain the highest benefit in cost, energy, and time savings in genome sequence analysis. BioPIM project aims to impact all forms of genome and transcriptome studies including 1) disease-causing mutation discovery including cancer, 2) metagenomics, 3) population genetics and comparative genomics, 4) transcriptome profiling, and 5) outbreak detection and tracking including COVID-19, Ebola, and Zika.