VBI held its first annual “VBI High School Days” event on October 18 and 19, 2005. Approximately 50 students from Auburn and Blacksburg high schools participated in the program, which was designed to expose students to bioinformatics and encourage interest in science and mathematics.

Seven VBI faculty members and their research groups were involved in the activities and introduced the students to their individual research programs, which range from mathematical modeling to exploring the interactions of fungi with plants and humans. Those faculty members participating were Karen Duca, research assistant professor; Reinhard Laubenbacher, research professor; Chris Lawrence, research associate professor; Iuliana Lazar, research assistant professor; Dharmendar Rathore, research assistant professor; Bruno Sobral, executive and scientific director; and Brett Tyler, research professor.

“The ‘VBI’s High School Days’ event provided exciting opportunities for the students to learn more about the wide range of disciplines involved in bioinformatics research,” said VBI Outreach and Education Coordinator Susan Faulkner. “The faculty members volunteered their time to participate in the program and recognize the importance of exposing students of all ages to science and math. Many designed hands-on activities specifically for this event and the students enjoyed getting to work side by side with researchers in the labs.”

Please visit the Photogallery from this event.

Susan Bland, VBI Public Relations
(540) 231-7912,

Published by Susan Bland, October 19, 2005