Overview: Why Apply?

Analyzing complex datasets to understand interactions within and between biological systems is fundamental to modern genomics and bioinformatics sciences. Advancing our commitment to provide hands-on training to Virginia Tech undergraduates, the Biocomplexity Institute's Genomics Sequencing Center (GSC) is now offering a unique summer program designed to help undergraduate students with a basic understanding of how Information Biology is transforming modern science. 

GRL faculty offer training on state-of-the-art equipment.

Pursue your passion. Our students will spend Summer Sessions I and II receiving hands-on training in the fundamentals of Information Biology, with a primary focus on generating, processing, and interpreting genomics data.  This training will include informal classroom instruction, as well as conducting independent informatics research with Biocomplexity Institute faculty.  

Join our research team. Our students work in cross-disciplinary teams, closely supported by our expert faculty. Your colleagues and mentors will be thought leaders in genomics, bioinformatics, and systems biology. This collaborative environment provides excellent preparation for a future career in any scientific research organization. 

Train with top-tier technology. Our laboratory is located in the Biocomplexity Institute of Virginia Tech, home to one of the university's most advanced high-performance computing facilities. The GSC itself is outfitted with a full range of Sanger and Next-Generation Sequencing systems, allowing students to train with the best, industry-standard technology.

Program Structure: Opportunities and Resources

high-performance computing facilities

Information Biology Program Structure

  • Twelve weeks from May 21 to August 10, 2018
  • Team research with dedicated faculty and fellow student-researchers
  • Individualized mentors working closely with students
  • Professional training with cutting-edge sequencing systems 
  • Support for students to pursue independent research projects

Potential Independent Research Topics​

Summer Session II will be spent pursuing independent research projects. Some examples of recent studies in metagenomics include:

  • Quantifying horizontal gene transfer events
  • Analyzing RNA-seq gene expression data
  • Data mining of gene expression
  • Circadian-mediated gene regulation
  • Analyzing the quantitative aspects of gene expression
  • Host immune response to fungal infections
  • Research for vaccine against Brucella abortus

Apply Now: Process & Requirements

To apply for the Information Biology Program, you must complete the following steps:

If you have any questions about the application process, please contact Dr. Shernita Lee at shernita@bi.vt.edu or (540) 231-7531.

Application Requirements

Participants will be expected to meet the following requirements:

  • Demonstrate an academic background in some area of the life sciences, engineering, or physical sciences
  • Display necessary qualities for working both independently and within a diverse team structure: high motivation, good communication skills, and strong work ethic
  • Enroll in the following courses for Summer Sessions I and II. 

Summer I

  • UH 4504: Topics Honors Discovery and Innovation Studio (3 credits)
  • UH 4994: Honors Undergraduate Research (3 credits)

Summer II

  • UH 4504: Topics Honors Discovery and Innovation Studio (3 credits)
  • UH 4994: Honors Undergraduate Research (3 credits)

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