As part of its education and outreach initiative, the Virginia Bioinformatics Institute at Virginia Tech is offering several summer professional development programs for the 2009 Virginia Bioinformatics Institute Summer Institute.

The purpose of the summer institute is to provide professionals and undergraduate and graduate students with workshop and professional development opportunities that allow for direct interaction with Virginia Bioinformatics Institute faculty.

The workshops are held at varying times from late May until late July at the Virginia Bioinformatics Institute, located on the Virginia Tech campus. For registration information, refer to the websites included in the workshop descriptions.

The events taking place in the summer of 2009 are as follows:

Oomycete Bioinformatics Workshop

June 3-5: Instructor is Brett Tyler

  • This workshop provides a day of lectures introducing the wide variety of oomycete genomics and bioinformatics resources currently available, followed by a two-day “mini-jamboree.”
  • Find registration information online.

Cyberinfrastructure for Biological Researchers, Educators and Developers (CIBRED) Workshop

June 17-19

  • One of the main goals of CIBRED is the development of sustainable, scalable cyberinfrastructure courses within a research-focused and interdisciplinary learning environment that is diverse enough to be deployable at eight to 10 different institutions but has a common theme of preparing a cyber-ready future workforce.
  • Find more information online.

Complex Pathway Simulator (COPASI) Workshop

June 30–July 2: Instructors are Stefan Hoops and Pedro Mendes

  • This user workshop provides hands-on experience with COPASI’s main capabilities. During this three-day course, participants learn how to create models within COPASI and use its powerful simulation and analysis features.
  • Find registration information online.

Research Experience for Undergraduates Site: Modeling and Simulation in Systems Biology (MSSB)

May 26–July 31

  • The scientific focus of the program is the modeling and simulation of biological networks, ranging from intracellular biochemical networks to networks at the organism level and the population level, through the study of the spread of epidemics in social networks.
  • Find registration information online.

Bioengineering/Bioinformatics Summer Institute (BBSI)

May 26–July 31

  • The objectives for BBSI are to provide students with quantitative and integrated bioengineering/bioinformatics related educational and research experiences to complement the students’ existing single discipline programs, and to motivate and enable them to pursue graduate degrees and careers in biomedical engineering and bioinformatics related fields.
  • Find registration information online.

High School Summer Program – Destination: Bioinformatics Research

July 13-17

  • This program gives high school students from Montgomery County the unique opportunity to explore the world of genomics and bioinformatics with world-renowned research scientists in professional labs. The main objective is to positively influence the students’ outlook on scientific research.
  • Find registration information online.

More information about the 2009 Virginia Bioinformatics Institute’s Summer Institute programs can be found online.