BLACKSBURG, Va., April 15, 2009 – As part of its education and outreach initiative, the Virginia Bioinformatics Institute (VBI) at Virginia Tech is offering several summer professional development programs for the 2009 VBI Summer Institute. The purpose of the VBI Summer Institute is to provide professionals and undergraduate and graduate students with workshop and professional development opportunities that allow for direct interaction with VBI faculty. The workshops are held at varying times from late May until late July at VBI, located on the Virginia Tech campus. For registration information, refer to the web sites included in the workshop descriptions.

The events taking place in the summer of 2009 are as follows:

Oomycete Bioinformatics Workshop

  • June 3-5
  • Instructor: Dr. Brett Tyler
  • This workshop provides a day of lectures introducing the wide variety of oomycete genomics and bioinformatics resources currently available, followed by a two-day "mini-jamboree."
  • Registration information:


CIBRED Workshop

  • June 17-19
  • One of the main goals of CIBRED is the development of sustainable, scalable cyberinfrastructure courses within a research-focused and interdisciplinary learning environment that is diverse enough to be deployable at 8-10 different institutions but has a common theme of preparing a cyber-ready future workforce.


COPASI Workshop

  • June 30 - July 2
  • Instructors: Dr. Stefan Hoops and Dr. Pedro Mendes
  • This user workshop provides hands-on experience with COPASI's main capabilities. During this three-day course, participants learn how to create models within COPASI and use its powerful simulation and analysis features.
  • Registration information:


REU Site: Modeling and Simulation in Systems Biology (MSSB)

  • May 26 - July 31
  • The scientific focus of the program is the modeling and simulation of biological networks, ranging from intracellular biochemical networks to networks at the organism level and the population level, through the study of the spread of epidemics in social networks.
  • Registration information:


Bioengineering/Bioinformatics Summer Institute (BBSI)

  • May 26 - July 31
  • The objectives for BBSI are to provide students with quantitative and integrated bioengineering/bioinformatics related educational and research experiences to complement the students' existing single discipline programs, and to motivate and enable them to pursue graduate degrees and careers in biomedical engineering and bioinformatics related fields.
  • Registration information:


High School Summer Program - Destination: Bioinformatics Research

  • July 13-17
  • This program gives high school students from Montgomery County the unique opportunity to explore the world of genomics and bioinformatics with world-renowned research scientists in professional labs. The main objective is to positively influence the students' outlook on scientific research.



More information about the 2009 VBI Summer Institute programs can be found at or by downloading the 2009 VBI Summer Institute brochure (PDF).




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Published by Susan Bland, April 14, 2009