ISU Lands Big Data, Bioinformatics Grant

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Yongsheng Bai of Indiana State University (pictured left) and Kevin Coombes of Ohio State University (pictured right) serve as co-principal investigators for the NIH-funded program. Yongsheng Bai of Indiana State University (pictured left) and Kevin Coombes of Ohio State University (pictured right) serve as co-principal investigators for the NIH-funded program.
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Indiana State University has received $1.2 million from the National Institutes of Health. The four-year grant will fund efforts to support students from underrepresented groups in bioinformatics and biomedical sciences fields.

ISU says the program will offer hands-on experience in big data and bioinformatics, as well as provide a stipend to qualified participants and summer workshop opportunities. As part of the initiative, The Ohio State University will partner on research training and feedback for participants.

Assistant Professor of Bioinformatics Yongsheng Bai, the grant's principal investigator, says "I found this NIH grant for Big Data to Knowledge (BD2K) just 60 days before the deadline. This is perfectly aligned with our undergraduate research initiatives, and it will give students research experience in the big biomedical data field. We believe this award will provide underrepresented students with academic support as well as research intensive experiences to set them on a career path in the field of biomedical data science and to accomplish the goal of NIH BD2K Enhancing Diversity in Biomedical Science Program."

The first research experience will begin in the summer of 2018 with the first group of five students. You can connect to more about the grant and program by clicking here.

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