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Computational Biology & Bioinformatics Interest Group (CBBIG)

Student Leader(s)/Contact(s): Taylor Young, Alec Gramann, Wei-Che Ko, Omar Hadzipasic, Bowen Qiu, Michael Kiritsy, Nick Hathaway

Faculty Advisors: Drs. Zhiping Weng and Eric Mick

Computational Biology and Bioinformatics are complimentary disciplines focused on elucidating the underlying biology of healthy and diseased states through the analysis of massive amounts of genomic data. With the push to leverage genomics for the delivery of precision medicine and the growing availability of free genomic datasets, the unique skillsets intrinsic to these disciplines are in increasing demand, particularly among research-oriented physicians. In fact, Francis Collins, Director of the National Institutes of Health called computational biologists the "breakthrough" artists of the future and has stated, "If I was a senior in college or a first-year graduate student trying to figure out what area to work in. I would be a computational biologist." The purpose of this interest group will be to 1) bring together students with experience and interest in the disciplines of computational biology and bioinformatics, 2) raise awareness of these fields among other students, and 3) provide hands on experience to budding computational biologists. We will accomplish these goals by organizing regular meetings and hosting featured speakers, holding skill-building workshops, and creating an optional elective to help students develop a core set of computational skills applicable to a broad array of research topics.

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