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May: Twelve students from the Bioinformatics Program, along with Dr. Bob Blumenthal, Distinguished University Professor of Medical Microbiology & Immunology and director of the Program in Bioinformatics, attended the 2019 Great Lakes Bioinformatics Conference (GLBIO) in Madison, Wis.

Six of the following students gave poster presentations at the meeting (advisor's name in parentheses):

  • Ammar Eljack (Dr. Sadik Khuder): Potential genetic biomarkers for dilated cardiomyopathy
  • Deepti Gurung (Dr. Bob Blumenthal): Evolution of Recombination: RecBCD and AddAB in Bacteria 
  • Prabhjot Kaur (Dr. Sadik Khuder): Identifying Biomarkers in Idiopathic Pulmonary Disease 
  • Oluwatobi Lasisi (Dr. Sadik Khuder): Identifying Biomarkers in Sjogren's Syndrome
  • Scott Miruzzi (Dr. Rob Smith): Integration of Nuclear Receptor Coregulator Binding Array and RNA-Seq Datasets to Identify Novel Pathways Associated with Bilirubin's Activity as an Endogenous Hormone
  • Rajan Paudel (Dr. Alexei Fedorov): Evolution of Nucleotide Composition of the Mid-Range Inhomogeneous (MRI) Sequences in the Human Genome 





Pictured at the conference, from left: Deepti Gurung, Prabhjot Kaur, Rajan Paudel


Pictured at the conference, from left: Khaled Alganem, Ammar Eljack, and Oluwatobi Lasisi.


June:  Alumna Caroline Lambert wrote an article about melioidosis published by The Blade. The article can be read here

July: Students Caroline Lambert and Jenna McGowan presented research at the International Society for Computational Biology in Chicago July 6th - 10th.

Caroline Lambert Poster

Caroline Lambert and her presentation, "Identification and description of the Burkholderia psuedomallei proteins that bind host complement-regulatory proteins via in silico and in vitro analysis." 

McGowan Poster

Jenna McGowan
and her presentation, "Using Bioinformatics to Decipher New Immune Functions of an Old Protein."



May:  Tomi Atolagbe, a Bioinformatics MSBS student, was selected as the outstanding student in the category of Master of Science in Biomedical Sciences Basic Science Track for 2017. Tomi will receive her award at the Class of 2017 Graduation Awards Ceremony on May 25, 2017, in The Radisson Grand Ballroom on the UToledo HSC. 

May: Bioinformatics students attended the 2017 Great Lakes Bioinformatics Conference (GLBIO), in Chicago, IL, May 15-17, 2017.

May: MSBS student Tomi Atolagbe won 3rd place in the GLBIO 2017 poster competition.  She received a book and an award. Congratulations Tomi! 

glbioStudents pictured at the conference

tomiawardTomi Atolagbe with her award

Rachael Wasikowski with her poster 



March: The 2016 Graduate Research Forum was held on March 17 and 18, 2016. Students Nicole Carr and Diego Morales presented (advisors are in parentheses):

  • Nicole Carr (Dr. Sadik Khuder): "Data Pooling to Identify Differentially Expressed Genes in Lunc Cancer of Nonsmokers" Oral presentation 
  •  Diego Morales (Dr. James Willey): "GWAS Analysis of SNP Association with COPD in Smokers" Poster presentation

May: The 2016 Great Lakes Bioinformatics Conference (GLBIO) was held in Toronto, Canada, May 16-19. Both students and faculty members attended this conference and gave poster and oral presentations. 

glbiostepsStudents pictured at the conference

glbiobobstudentsBioinformatics students having dinner with the program director, Dr. Bob Blumenthal.

jenrachaelposterPipeline students Jennifer Holmes and Rachael Wasikowski are pictured with their poster that they co-presented.






Students at  2015 GLBIO held at Purdue University May 18-20


MSBS student Heather Brown was awarded 2nd Place in the Graduate Research Poster Forum held March 19-20, 2015.

Last Updated: 8/16/22