Educational Opportunities

Graduate Student Sabbatical Internship Program

The IIHG Bioinformatics Division Graduate Student Internship Program is an informal training program that aims to provide a semester of close mentorship and support to a graduate student who has a significant computational biology aspect to their projects. Our first two interns were: 

Ryan Reis, M3G

Fall 2023

Project: My project is a meta-analysis of single-cell RNA and TCR sequencing (scRNA/V(D)J-seq) samples from a rare, heterogenous type of cancer called Cutaneous T Cell Lymphoma (CTCL). I use a wide variety of computational techniques to better understand and describe disease pathogenesis and progression at a cellular level, while trying to gain novel insight into vulnerabilities which may be used to improve diagnosis and treatment of these patients

Chloe Beck, PhD Candidate

Spring 2022

Project: Genetic analysis of Age-Related Hearing loss in a large Sardinian cohort

Bioinformatics Workshops

The Iowa Institute of Human Genetics (IIHG) will host workshops focusing on a bioinformatics tool or software.

Computational Biology Seminar Series

The Iowa Institute of Human Genetics (IIHG) hosts informational seminars on key topics and developments in bioinformatics, led by experts in the field.

Personalized Genomic Medicine: Careers in Bioinformatics and Big Data Information Session

The Iowa Institute of Human Genetics (IIHG) is hosting a Careers in Bioinformatics Information Session to expose students to career opportunities that are being created by personalized genomic medicine in bioinformatics and the management of big data. You can learn first-hand about the diversity of career options and job growth in bioinformatics that is occurring with the advent of personalized genomic medicine. Listen to a panel with expertise in bioinformatics, software development, systems administration, clinical informatics, and industry and their role in the field of personalized genomic medicine. Undergraduate students, academic advisors and graduate students wishing to learn more about careers in bioinformatics. Enrollment is limited to 50 participants. 


We provide video learning opportunities for a variety of bioinformatics topics. View past lectures and walkthrough videos on introductory bioinformatics material.

Previous Bioinformatics Education Events

The Iowa Institute of Human Genetics (IIHG) has hosted a range of educational opportunities focused on bioinformatics, including hands-on learning sessions, summer short courses in bioinformatics, and more.

CBIO:3310 Practical Data Science and Bioinformatics

The IIHG has been involved with Miles Pufall to develop and TA this course for undergraduates in computational biology. 

Course summary:  "Understanding how to access large biological data sets and use them to answer biological questions is an important skill for researchers; immersive introduction to computational handling of data; how to access and analyze publicly available data; critically evaluate data quality and analysis in context of measuring gene expression; basic coding in R/RStudio, plotting and data display, fitting and regression, statistical inference, statistical models, downloading and data wrangling; basic introduction to machine learning (clustering); for students with no computational background. Prerequisites: BIOL:1411 with a minimum grade of C- and BIOL:1412 with a minimum grade of C-. Requirements: college algebra. Recommendations: BIOC:3110, or BIOC:3120 and BIOC:3130, or other upper-level life sciences courses. Same as BIOC:3310, MMED:3310."