In 2013, CCBB began sponsoring training programs and peer-led working groups to meet the growing need for computational and bioinformatics skills. These events are geared towards graduate students, postdocs, and faculty who are just starting new research projects that will involve programming and statistics but who have little or no background in the area. The working groups provide informal weekly sessions that facilitate the transfer and sharing of knowledge, while short courses provide and in depth view of a topic during one morning or afternoon.
While some of the courses are taught by our bioinformatic consultants, we try to draw from an ever-growing community of experts to teach introductory courses and lead the working groups. For the Fall 2015 semester, we have an excellent line up of Peer Mentors that are excited about empowering you with new tools that will further your research.
Becca Tarvin is a graduate student in Dr. David Cannatella’s lab. Becca co-organizes the Peer-led Working Group in Biocomputing each Spring. To learn more about the working group, read her blog post “Biocomputing: Proof that it can be learned. But how can it best be taught?” Becca also co-organizes the Open Coding Hour which runs every Tuesday during the Fall 2015 semester from 5-6 p.m. in GDC 7.516.
Dr. Jeff Barrick, co-organizer of the first next-generation sequencing course at UT Austin
Nichole Bennett, Biodiversity Informatics Programmer, Science Communicator
Dr. Daniel Boutz, Proteomics course instructor
Dr. Ben Liebeskind, co-founder of the Peer-led Working Group in Biocomputing
Dr. Oana Lungu, Protein Modeling course instructor
Dr. Scott Hunicke-Smith, co-organizer of the first next-generation sequencing course at UT Austin
Dr. Mikhail Matz, Ecological Genomics and RNA-seq instructor
Dr. Kris McGary, Biological Networks course instructor
Dr. Kelly Pierce, co-founder of the Peer-led Working Group in Biological Statistics
Dr. Stephanie Spielman, Research Assisant Professor in the Institute for Genomics and Evolutionary Medicine at Temple University, in Dr. Sergei Kosakovsky Pond's lab.
Dr. Jesse Webber, RAD-seq instructor
Dr. April Wright, co-founder of the Peer-led Working Group in Biocomputing