Over the summer, the IU Department of Biology and NCGAS teamed up to host a bioinformatics clinic (touch for more >>)

For today’s biologists, it’s not enough to study water ecology, plant pathogens, or bird behavior. We live in the age of big data, where you need to know how to harness the data you collect and make sense of it. Bioinformatics – the use of technology to manage and study biological information — is a crucial professional skill.

From July 14 to 18, IU biology students, postdocs, staff, and faculty attended sessions on next-generation sequencing genomics, cyberinfrastructure, bioinformatics software and more in a short-course format.

Bill Barnett, NCGAS director, said, “There is a huge gap between what biologists have needed to know to understand biological phenomena, and the technology literacy now required for them to work competitively and advance their research. NCGAS is dedicated to helping bridge that skills gap to accelerate discoveries that advance knowledge and benefit society.”

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