Education

Continuing the exponential increase in scientific and medical breakthroughs directly depends on our commitment to teaching the next generation of independent researchers. Our department is dedicated to providing cutting-edge research experiences and first-rate didactic training to students at the high school, undergraduate, and graduate levels, through both internal, intra- and inter-institutional programs to train our students in the rapidly evolving and highly interdisciplinary field of computational biology. Our department has implemented a Tiered Mentoring and Training (TMT) framework, which provides students with numerous opportunities to learn from multiple faculty, postdoctoral fellows, graduate students, and other summer undergraduates from a variety of areas and perspectives.  These interactions also provide important professional development opportunities for these early-stage and nascent investigators, who will be future teachers and mentors (see poster).
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cpcb logo Joint Carnegie Mellon – University of Pittsburgh Computational Biology (CPCB) Graduate Program Carnegie Mellon University and the University of Pittsburgh have joined forces to establish an exciting new interdisciplinary program leading to a Ph.D. in Computational Biology. The goal of this Ph.D. program is to provide intensive interdisciplinary education to enable outstanding students to become leaders in identifying and solving tomorrow’s biological problems using computational methods… Learn More
tecbio Training and Experimentation in Computational Biology (TECBio) Research Experiences for Undergraduates (REU) Summer Program The TECBio REU @ Pitt is an NSF-funded Research Experiences for Undergraduates Program that provides a challenging graduate-level research experience in computational biology with a focus on “Simulation and Visualization of Biological Systems at Multiple Scales”. In addition to performing cutting-edge research, TECBio students will also participate in other academic and enrichment activities, such as classes, seminars, discussions, and professional development events, while experiencing the various social and cultural activities available in Pittsburgh – America’s most livable city… Learn More
DiscoBiologo Drug Discovery, Systems and Computational Biology (DiSCoBio) UPCI Summer Academy The Drug Discovery, Systems and Computational Biology (DiSCoBio) Academy on the Oakland Campus introduces rising high school juniors and seniors to the emerging fields of research that use both computational and experimental approaches to answer fundamental questions in Cancer Biology and related disciplines: Computational Structural Biology (studying how proteins move and interact with each other), Drug Discovery (theoretical and experimental designing and testing of candidate drug compounds), Genomics/Bioinformatics (analyzing large data sets of sequencing and other data), Image Analysis/Informatics (training a computer how to “see” and analyze biological image data), and Systems Biology (tackling biological questions using an integrated, holistic approach). In addition to having a primary research experience in one of these fields, scholars in the DiSCoBio Academy will learn about the fundamental concepts in each of these “New Biologies”, and will gain hands-on training in the tools and techniques central to these disciplines. Professional development activities will complement the research and didactic training to help prepare scholars for careers in science and/or medicine. Scholars should expect an immersive, challenging, and fulfilling research and training experience in a fast-growing area of cutting-edge, biomedical research. Learn More Apply Here