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Computationally-Driven Experimental Biology in Engineered Tissues

Primary Institution: Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University
City: Blacksburg
State: VA
Job Duration: May 30 - August 3, 2012
Class Requirement: Undergraduate College Student
Position Type: Research
Discipline(s): Biology/Life Science
Computational science
Other Engineering
Chemical Engineering, Biomedical Engineering, Physics in the Computational Sciences, Statistics, Biochemistry, Computation Biology, Molecular and Cellular Biology
Description: Are you a student majoring in a biological or a computational science or in engineering?  Are you interested in how computation or molecular and cellular biology plays a role in tissue engineering?  Are you thinking about graduate school in one of these fields?

This great summer opportunity is for you!  Be a part of this exciting state-of-the-art research experience.

The purpose of this summer institute is to expose undergraduate students to the powerful potential of using computational concepts and tools to improve our understanding of how to design and experiment with engineered tissues.  The institute involves lectures on topics in computer science, tissue engineering, and molecular biology, and a collaborative research project.

Components of the research project include learning about computational methods to study large molecular biology datasets such as DNA microarray and proteomic data, analysis of such data generated from engineered tissues, literature analysis of results and predictions, and experimental followup of predictions.  Students will learn how to work together in teams.  They will gain an understanding and appreciation of how computer science, tissue engineering, and molecular biology can be fruitfully combined to study cellular processes.  
Each day, one graduate student or post-doctoral researcher in the groups of the investigators will meet the participants in the institute and share their experiences in research, life as a graduate student, and subsequent career plans.

Computationally-Driven Experimental Biology in Engineered Tissues is funded by NSF Award No. DBI-106238
Stipend: $3,500
Benefits: Housing
Meal Plan
Access and use of the library. On campus parking and bus transportation available for a fee.  Social activities, workshops, and more
Application Deadline: 02/06/2012
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Research/Internship Opportunity Contact Information

Primary Contact: Dr. T. M. Murali
2160-B Torgersen Hall
Virginia Tech
Blacksburg, VA 24061
Phone: (540) 231-8534
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