Thank you for your interest in expanding bioinformatics education. To address the gap in bioinformatics education and to train students to approach complex biomedical problems, a collaborative model for bioinformatics training was developed by Pine Biotech and the Louisiana Biomedical Research Network. We want to help your university address the need for bioinformatics education. With our extensive experience piloting bioinformatics programs throughout multiple universities throughout the state of Louisiana and beyond, we believe we can provide a custom solution to address the needs of your campus.

To learn more about previous pilots and implementation of bioinformatics education at other universities, read more below:

Pine Biotech has been working together with several universities around the world to pilot the OmicsLogic training program. A typical pilot included 10-100 participants, both students and faculty, that dedicated regular time to review the online courses, project examples and hands-on workshops dedicated to various aspects of bioinformatics.

For LBRN, after piloting the OmicsLogic program during the summer of 2018, Dr. Gus Kousoulas, the PI of LBRN and Associate Vice President for leadership at LSU, decided to expand the program to 100 new licences and worked with Pine Biotech to prepare additional modules of interest. With a sharp focus on research enablement, the program was supported by the Center for Computation and Technology at Louisiana State University, allowing students and faculty to learn about bioinformatics and apply the skills to their research projects. 

A similar pilot program was implemented at Loyola University New Orleans, a liberal arts institution. Twelve undergraduate students with majors in biology, biochemistry, computer science, or psychology participated in a new one-semester bioinformatics course emphasizing biomedical applications. After completing a core set of online modules, students practiced applying the learned concepts using the T-BioInfo platform. As a result, students were enthusiastic to continue participating in bioinformatics research and take similar courses in the future. Students routinely scored 90—100% on online quizzes embedded in each of the educational modules, demonstrating proficiency in bioinformatics concepts. Students provided feedback in open-ended reflections after the completion of each module and demonstrated measurable gains in ability to read and analyze bioinformatics research literature. At the conclusion of the course, bioinformatics problem-solving skills were applied to collaborative research projects utilizing published datasets. Students and faculty participated in a final poster session highlighting project results and new avenues of research.

“We recommend integration of this project- based approach into existing biology electives in the form of hands-on laboratory activities or problem solving sessions. Furthermore, this model could be customized to align with faculty research programs, providing focused training opportunities for students to collaborate on bioinformatics projects.”

–  Dr. Kimberlee Mix, Associate Professor of Biological Science at Loyola University

To learn more about other case studies, click the following link: https://edu.t-bio.info/case-studies/.

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