BPG NEWS & UPDATES
Left to right: Yuriy Yatskiv, Nicole Carr, Heather Brown, Amit Chougule, Diego Morales, Yvette Unoarumhi, Joseph Mainsah, at the 2015 GLBIO Conference.
BPG STUDENTS/FACULTY ATTEND 2015 GLBIO CONFERENCE
The 2015 Great Lakes Bioinformatics Conference (GLBIO) was held this year at Purdue University, West Lafayette, IN., May 18-20, 2015. Seven BPG students attended the conference, along with three faculty members. Four students presented posters at the Conference, which had over 250 attendees. The students felt that the Conference was very worthwhile, especially interacting with students and scientists from around the country, as well as the chance to attend the presentations of the invited speakers.
BPG MASTER STUDENT IS SELECTED AS POSTER FINALIST
The 2015 Graduate Research Forum was held on the Health Science Campus March 19th
and 20th, 2015, sponsored by the Council of Biomedical Graduate Students. Posters
and oral presentations were submitted by students from various biomedically-related
graduate programs. BPG master student, Heather Brown, was chosen as one of the poster presentation finalists, and was awarded 2ND PLACE! Congratulations, Heather!
2015 GRADUATE RESEARCH FORUM
BPG master students, Heather Brown and Yvette Unoarumhi, presented posters during the 2015 Graduate Research Forum held on the Health Science Campus March 19-20, 2015. The forum was sponsored by the Council of Biomedical Graduate Students. Both posters and oral presentations were presented by students from various biomedically-related graduate programs. Both students will be presenting their posters at the annual 2015 Great Lakes Bioinformatics Conference (GLBIO) at Purdue University in May, 2015.
Nicole Carr (pipeline) and Yuriy Yatskiv (MSBS) with Dr. Clinton Longenecker (center)
BPG STUDENTS ATTEND ADVANCED LEADERSHIP ACADEMY
Five BPG students were selected to receive a scholarship for admission to the UT College of Business and Innovation annual Advanced Leadership Academy (ALA). The program is offered to a limited number of outstanding graduate students on the Health Science Campus, who will receive an ALA Certificate of Advanced Leadership Development, after completion of three out of four Saturday workshops. The ALA is an excellent opportunity to enhance leadership skills and network with senior business leaders, while gathering career advice from prominent area business leaders who will be guest speakers at the sessions. The following BPG students were selected to attend; Amit Chougule (PSM degree); Nicole Carr/pipeline; Joseph Mainsah/MSBS; Yvette Unoarumhi/MSBS; Yuriy Yatskiv/MSBS.
2015 GREAT LAKES BIOINFORMATICS CONFERENCE (GLBIO)
The 2015 GLBIO Conference will be held at Purdue University in West Lafayette, IN, May 18-20, 2015. Our bioinformatics program will have seven students traveling to the conference this year, with four of them presenting their posters. Complete details can be found at the this link: http://www.iscb.org/glbio2015.
BPG STUDENTS PUBLISH NEW PAPER
Dr. Alexei Fedorov, Associate Professor of Medicine and Vice Director of the BPG Program, along with his students, have published a new paper titled, "Inference of Distant Genetic Relations in Humans Using "1000 Genomes", to be published in Genome Biology and Evolution. The abstract can be found at this link: http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/25573959
BPG students receive their white coats at 2014 College of Graduate Studies Lab Coat
From L to R: Yvette Unoarumhi (MSBS), Joseph Mainsah (MSBS), and Amit Chougule (PSM).
New and volunteer BPG students attend 2014 Graduate School Orientation.
From L to R: Amit Chougule (PSM), Joseph Mainsah (MSBS), Nicole Carr (Pipeline), Heather Brown (Volunteer/MSBS in progress) and Yuriy Yatskiv (MSBS).
NEW UNIVERSITY OF FINDLAY/UNIVERSITY OF TOLEDO PIPELINE/DUAL-DEGREE PROGRAM
The Bioinformatics & Proteomics/Genomics Program at UT, along with the Dept. of Natural
Sciences at the University of Findlay is now offering a dual-degree in Biology and
Bioinformatics, BS/MS, in 5 years. This will begin in the Fall 2014 semester. The
GRE score is not required! The curriculum for this Program can be found here.
To visit the University of Findlay website click here
GLBIO 2014 - (GREAT LAKES BIOINFORMATICS CONSORTIUM)
The 2014 GLBIO Conference will be held next year at the Cincinnati Children's Hospital
Medical Center on the campus of the University of Cincinnati, May 16-18, 2014. Important
January 15, 2014: Call for Presentations Closes
February 28, 2014: Acceptance Notifications
March 31, 2014: Early Bird Registration Deadline
April 18, 2014: Room Block Rate Deadline
For complete information (speakers, accommodations, rates, etc.) click here http://www.iscb.org/glbio2014
BPG STUDENT RECEIVES PRESTIGIOUS FELLOWSHIP AWARD
Arnab Saha Mandal, M.S., who defended his thesis in June 2013, and received his degree, has received a CIHR (Canadian Institutes of Health Research) Training Program Fellowship award of $20,000, for research expenses during the first year of his PhD studies at the University of Calgary, in Alberta, Canada. Mr. Saha Mandal has been accepted into the Dept. of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology, and will pursue his doctorate degree in Bioinformatics at the University of Calgary. We congratulate Mr. Saha Mandal on this achievement, which is comparable to receiving an NIH grant here in the U.S.
"UT COMPLETE" RE-ADMIT CAMPAIGN FOR FALL 2013
The University of Toledo has announced a new program for undergraduate and graduate students who started a degree at UT, but have not completed that degree. Students who are readmitted for Fall 2013, who have been out for two or more semesters, will be eligible for a tuition discount of 25%. For complete details, please click here to be directed to the UTComplete web page
The University of Toledo Announces Graduate School Tuition Waiver for Employees
Dependents and spouses of full-time UT faculty members who have been employed for at leaast one year will be eligible to receive a 50% tuition waiver for most UT graduate programs beginning in the Fall of 2013. The BPG Program courses are included in this benefit. To read the entire article, click the following link:
DISTINGUISHED UNIVERSITY PROFESSOR
Our BPG Program proudly congratulates Dr. Robert Blumenthal, BPG Program director, for being one of five UT faculty members who have been recommended to receive the rank of Distinguished University Professor, after approval by the UT Board of Trustees on November 19, 2012. Dr. Blumenthal, professor of medical microbiology and immunology, has been at UT for 31 years. His reputation is known internationally for work in the field of global gene regulation in bacteria. He received the UT Outstanding Research Award this year, the Dean's Award for Teaching Excellence in 2008, and the Dean's Award for Graduate Student Mentoring in 2005. In addition, in 2008, Dr. Blumenthal presented at a Distinguished Scientist Seminar in the National Institutes of Health Rocky Mountain Lab.
COLLEGE OF BUSINESS & INNOVATION COURSES ADDED TO BPG ELECTIVES
Two courses have been added to the list of electives for the BPG Program:
1) HURM6730 Performance Management
2) MGMT6160 Leading with Power and Influence.
To view new course descriptions, please click the following link, and scroll down
to "Suggested Course Options":
WHY IS THERE A MAJOR AND GROWING NEED FOR BIOINFORMATICS?
To read the entire article titled, "Whole Genome Sequencing Is the Future of Genetics, BUT the ‘$1000 Genome’ is a Bait
and Switch", featured in The DNA Exchange, please click on the following link:
NEW! PROFESSIONAL SCIENCE MASTERS DEGREE UTILIZES BPG PROGRAM COURSES
BIOMARKERS AND DIAGNOSTICS Professional Science Master's Degree Program
A PSM degree in Biomarkers and Diagnostics is now available at the University of Toledo. This new and exciting graduate degree provides advanced training in science and business skills in approximately 18 months, without an MBA or PhD. Students are exposed to current, cutting edge topics, such as, genetics, molecular biology, protein structure, along with business skills and leadership development.
Click here for a pdf version of complete details. Click here for HTML version.
A list of required courses can be found at the following link: (pdf fully-formatted version).
The Professional Science Master's National website can be found here.
"Defence Global" article features BRIM
An article titled, "The University of Toledo: Improving Human Performance through Biomarker Discovery", was featured in the August 2012 publication of Defence Global. Biomarkers were explained, as well as the new School of BRIM vision, and its relationship with the US Air Force at Wright Patteson Air Foce Base.
Please click on this link to view the entire article (in pdf format)
Above editorial by Dr. Alexei Fedorov, Vice Director of the BPG Program and Director of the Bioinformatics computer lab, and key collaborators, Shuhao Qiu and Arnab Saha Mandal, has been published in the May 2012 issue of International Innovation. Click here for full article (in pdf format).
BUSINESS ANALYSIS PREDICTS RAPID GROWTH IN BIOINFORMATICS OVER COMING YEARS
For complete article, please click following link:
BIOINFORMATIC STUDENTS DEVELOP SOFTWARE
The students of Dr. Alexei Fedorov, Vice Director of the BPG Program, and director of the Bioinformatics lab, have their own software, which they developed themselves. Please click on the link below to view their photo and accomplishments: