BAR HARBOR  — Maine’s Jackson Laboratory has found a medical partner for a research and education center it’s building in southwest Florida.

Officials say the University of South Florida will become the first partner on the project. Stephen Klasko, dean of the College of Medicine, says the collaboration will help students and residents become leaders in the new field of genetics-focused personalized medicine.

Personalized medicine is the name that applies to the field of disease prevention and treatment based on a person’s unique genetic makeup, or genome.

Jackson Lab specializes in mouse genetics to prevent and treat human diseases. Florida lawmakers approved $50 million for its research branch in Collier County.