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.


Anna Battenhouse

Anna Battenhouse is a research scientist in Dr. Vishy Iyer’s lab. Anna and Amelia Hall have co-taught numerous short courses and in the Big Data in Biology Summer School.

: abattenhouse[at]utexas.edu

: LinkedIn


James Derry

James Derry is a Senior Systems Administrator for the College of Natural Sciences. James has been teaching Python for Biologist and a microcontroller course for the past three years.

: jderry[at]austin.utexas.edu

: CNS Profile


Groves Dixon

Groves Dixon is a graduate student in Dr. Mikhail Matz' lab. Groves has been a TA for RNA-seq workshops and was the TA for the undergraduate Big Data in Biology FRI Stream.

: grovesdixon[at]gmail.com

: LinkedIn


Spencer Fox

Spencer Fox is a graduate student in Dr. Lauren Meyers' lab. Spencer co-organizes of the 2016 Peer-led Data Analysis in R working group that meets during the Fall semester on Friday from 2-3 pm in FNT 1.104.

: spencer.fox85[at]gmail.com

: website


Amelia Hall

Amelia Weber-Hall is a graduate student in Dr. Vishy Iyer’s lab. Amelia and Anna Battenhouse have co-taught numerous short courses and in the Big Data in Biology Summer School.

: ameliahall[at]utexas.edu

: LinkedIn


Rayna Harris

Rayna Harris is a graduate student in Dr. Hans Hofmann’s lab. Rayna is teaching a short course and helps organize the CCBB training and community events.

: rayna.harris[at]utexas.edu

: website


Ben Jack

Benjamin Jack is a graduate student in Dr. Claus Wilke's lab. Ben assists with the Open Coding Hour that meets each Tuesday from 4-5 pm in the MBB library.

: benjamin.r.jack[at]gmail.com

: website


Sean Leonard

Sean Leonard is co-advised by Dr. Nancy Moran and Dr. Jeff Barrick. Sean assists with the Open Coding Hour and has been a teaching assistant for multiple short courses and the BDiB Summer School.

: spleonard1[at]gmail.com

LinkedIn


Nate Pope

Nathaniel (Nate) Pope is a graduate student in Dr. Shalene Jha’s lab. Nate co-organizes of the 2016 Peer-led Data Analysis in R working group that meets during the Fall semester on Friday from 2-3 pm in FNT 1.104.

: npope[at]coa.edu

LinkedIn


Becca Tarvin

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.

: rdtarvin[at]utexas.edu

website

Former Peer Mentors and Trainers

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