i2b2: Informatics for Integrating Biology & the Bedside - A National Center for Biomedical Computing
Training Predoctoral

i2b2 participates in two programs designed to train students in bioinformatics and integrative genomics:

1. Summer Scholars in Bioinformatics and Integrative Genomics (Summer BIG) (http://web.mit.edu//hstsummer)

Organizationally located within the MIT Summer Research Program and administered collaboratively with the Harvard-MIT Division of Health Sciences and Technology (HST), this program is designed to facilitate “ the involvement of talented students in research aspects of the fields of engineering and science, in particular those from disadvantaged background such as underrepresented minorities, or first-generation college students.”

This summer program seeks to identify talented sophomores and juniors from around the country who could benefit from spending a summer on the Harvard Medical School-Harvard teaching hospitals-MIT campuses working in a research laboratory under the tutelage and guidance of experienced scientists participating in the various i2b2 interdisciplinary projects focused on the application of informatics to enhance clinical research in the genomic era.

The program also includes lectures by i2b2 faculty, planned readings and discussions of research and results, and exercises in data analysis. Participants learn skills fundamental to the task of extracting information from the huge amount of data produced by the international Human Genome Project and the many applications thereof.”

See 2009 Summer Scholars Program for this year's lecture program.  Undergraduate schools represented to date include: Morehouse College, Howard University, Oakwood College, Brandeis University, Tufts University, Rochester Institute of Technology, Amherst College, Bryn Mawr College, Brigham Young University,  MIT, University of Wisconsin, Worcester Polytechnic Institute, University of Houston, Cooper Union, MIT, Anderson University, College of William and Mary, Georgia Tech, Hamilton College, Wellesley College, Carleton College, Morgan State University, Rice University, University of Virginia, Baypath College, University of Maryland Baltimore County, Wabash College, Xavier University, Cornell University, Augustana College, Mississippi Valley State University, Brown University, Spelman College, University of Texas El Paso, UC Davis, University of Indiana, Florida International University, University of Puerto Rico Mayaguez, University of Texas Austin, UC Berkeley, and Princeton University.

Since our first class in 2005 we have graduated 57 students, including 29 women and 25 underrepresented minority students.  Of the 40 who have graduated from college, we continue to be in touch with 32 of our grads, 28 of whom are currently in biomedical graduate programs, including three in our HST Bioionformatics and Integrative Genomics Program.

Funding for this program derives from multiple sources including the i2b2 U54, NHGRI, NLM and HST.

2. Bioinformatics and Integrative Genomics (BIG) Ph.D. Program (http://big.chip.org)

To address the acute shortage of researchers in functional genomics with the necessary quantitative knowledge base to manage the vast amounts of data generated by the Human Genome Project, the Harvard-MIT Division of Health Sciences and Technology (HST) has created a new doctoral training track in bioinformatics and integrative genomics. It is administered through HST’s Medical Engineering and Medical Physics (MEMP) program, a highly successful graduate program that trains students in engineering and physical sciences to solve problems in science, biology and medicine. In BIG, bioinformatics is viewed in a broader sense to comprise the overall activity of extracting the functional dependencies of biological systems from the data generated by sequence, mircroproteomics and metabolism-probing technologies.

This program is co-directed by Isaac Kohane ( i2b2 Center Director) and Leonid Mirny, HST and Physics at MIT.

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