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  • Bioinformatics Student Receives Blazer Fellowship

    Bioinformatics Student Receives Blazer Fellowship The UAB Department of Biomedical Engineering (BME) graduate program has been the recipient of seven Blazer Fellowships in 2022, and a Bioinformatics student recently etched his name as a part of this notable accomplishment. Samuel Bharti, a college student from India, will be the first-ever Bioinformatics BME Ph.D. student to receive the Blazer Fellowship. As part of his fellowship, Bharti will receive assistance in payment for a two-year stipend, tuition, and health insurance. As an undergraduate student, he previously volunteered in providing assistance to Jake Chen, Ph.D., Professor of Genetics and Computer Science, for the publication of several papers since the beginning of the COVID pandemic. “Bioinformatics has progressed over the past three decades, from an in silico study of sequence, structure, and functional analysis, to   multi-omics and clinical data integration, AI/ML modeling to predict health outcomes, and engineering-based systems science simulation to understand causal relationships to diseases, Chen said. “Therefore, our PhD in Bioinformatics developed as a partnership between the School of Medicine and School of Medicine is well positioned to help train next-generation Academic leaders in this evolving interdisciplinary area.” The BME PhD program implements various elements of biology, medicine, and engineering, leading to potentially new discoveries in biomedical engineering[…]

  • UAB aims to boost use of artificial intelligence in biomedical research

    UAB aims to boost use of artificial intelligence in biomedical research The UAB projects will investigate was to improve and increase the use of artificial intelligence in biomedical research.

  • Owsley and McGwin receive $2 million one-year grant from NIH’s Bridge2AI program

    Owsley and McGwin receive $2 million one-year grant from NIH’s Bridge2AI program Owsley and McGwin will lead three data collection sites in the collection of data to inform machine learning approaches to provide critical insights into the endemic condition Type 2 diabetes mellitus.

  • Annual Hackathon Focuses on New Tool Development

    Annual Hackathon Focuses on New Tool Development The 4th Annual Data Sciences Hackathon was hosted by the Informatics Club, the UAB Biomedical Research Information Technology Enhancement Commons Program (U-BRITE), and the Center for Computational Genomics and Data Science (CGDS) over two days on August 5th-6th, providing attendees the opportunity to network with peers in the scientific community. With the largest attendance in the event’s history (over 160 registrants), this year’s theme centered around Hackin’ Omics, a multi-omics downstream analysis for discovery of novel translational findings and development of new tools using existing public datasets. “Although this year’s data science hackathon was virtual, we hoped that we helped biomedical informatics trainees gain hands-on data science experience, learn about UBRITE and other cloud computing platforms, explore biomedical science project ideas, and establish professional relationships." said Jake Chen, Professor and Chief Bioinformatics Officer at the UAB's Informatics Institute, who has been overseeing the data science hackathon series since its inception. One of the primary purposes of this year’s event was to broaden the collaborative community at UAB and abroad through the development of teams, while allowing researchers to advance existing multi-omics projects and analyze their own datasets. Two pre-Hackathon workshops were conducted leading up to the event: the Computing Resources[…]

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