2012 Tissue-Eng Group
2012 Tissue-Eng Undergrad Students
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.

Lectures will cover tissue engineering, computational biology, and ’omics technologies, so that students are exposed to the entire life cycle of data generation and analysis. Components of the research project will include analysis of publicly available signaling datasets, processing transcriptional and proteomic datasets generated in-house, literature analysis of predictions and results, and experimental follow-up of the predictions. Involving all the students in a single research project will expose them to team science and give them an appreciation of how computer science, tissue engineering, and experimental cell biology can be fruitfully combined to study cellular processes.

One graduate student or post-doctoral researcher in the groups of the investigators will frequently meet with the participants in the institute and share their experiences in research, life as a graduate student, and subsequent career plans.

Dr. T. M. Murali, Dr. Padma Rajagopalan, and Dr. Richard Helm are faculty members at Virginia Tech, and will serve as co-mentors for the 4 institute participants. Students will be housed in a dormitory with other students attending Virginia Tech summer programs.

2008 REU Group
2008 Biomath Undergrad Students
On the last day of the program, students will give presentions of their research findings in a symposium held at the Virginia Bioinformatics Institute. Members of the Virginia Tech community will be invited to attend.

2013 Program Dates: May 28 - August 3
Application deadline is February 4, 2013


Computationally-Driven Experimental Biology in Engineered Tissues is funded by NSF Award No. DBI-1062380