Educational Opportunities

Hands-on Bioinformatics mini-courses

In conjunction with the Genetics Cluster Initiative, the Iowa Institute of Human Genetics (IIHG) hosts a monthly mini-course focusing on a bioinformatics tool or software.  Regularly scheduled for the fourth Monday of each month from 10:00 AM to Noon, the Hands-on bioinformatics mini-course covered topics such as UCSC Genome Browser, Kallisto/Sleuth and R programming language. Each mini-course has limited registration due to the interactive nature of the content.  Since the registration is limited to under 20 participants per mini-course, the IIHG and GCI will repeat topics more than once per year depending on the demand.  Mini-courses are free to attend, and lunch is provided.


Bioinformatics Summer Short Course

A three-day course held during the summer semester. The morning sessions are seminars by both invited speakers as well as on campus speakers who speak about bioinformatics research and techniques that are of interest to the broader campus community. The afternoon sessions are hands-on tutorials intended to be either introductory or require minimal bioinformatics experience.  Course fees are determined each year and fees are waived for IIHG members and their labs.


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. 


Bioinformatics Summer Internships

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The Iowa Institute of Human Genetics (IIHG) in collaboration with the Genetics Cluster Initiative (GCI) are offering a Bioinformatics Summer Internship for undergraduate students interested in a bioinformatics and personalized genomic medicine.  The 8-week Bioinformatics Summer Internship Program, intended for undergraduate students and recent graduates, is an excellent opportunity for students to gain hands-on experience in informatics. These internships focus on informatics, under the direction of a faculty member at the University of Iowa.


Bioinformatics User Group (BUG)

A meeting that covers a wide variety of topics interesting to both bioinformatics professionals as well as newer users. The broad theme is bioinformatics and resources on campus that are useful for both people involved in bioinformatics research as well as life science investigators who may be performing their own analysis or collaborating with established bioinformatics groups. Past topics include, introductory R, geneGo, Lasergene, Partek and others. We are always looking for new topics or speakers so please feel free to contact us for suggestions on upcoming sessions. Please contact us to get on our announcement mailing list. 


Bioinformatics Lecture Series

This annual lecture series will bring in an invited speaker from a bioinformatics background to talk about their area of expertise and research.