In keeping with the Mission, Vision and Values
of the Virginia Bioinformatics Institute, the institute is hosting an Undergraduate Scholars Program that will provide undergraduate students the opportunity to gain valuable research experience and/or course credit working with VBI research groups under the direction of experienced transdisciplinary scientists. The program will equip undergraduate students with the kind of research and/or laboratory skills that cannot be gained merely in a classroom setting, while immersing students in cutting edge science and technology environments. Students interested in pursuing graduate degrees will find this type of research experience invaluable in the process of further refining and developing their career interests.
|Naglee Allen - 2009 Microbiology REU|
VBI research mentors work in the following fields:
Agriculture and Applied Economics, Applied Discrete Mathematics and Modeling, Bacterial Genomics, Biochemistry, Bioinformatics, Biomedical Engineering, Computational Biology, Computer Science, Cyberinfrastructure, Genetics, Functional Genomics, Instrumentation Development, Mass Spectrometry, Metabolomics, Microbiology, Network Dynamics and Simulation Science, Nutritional Immunology, Plant Pathology, Physiology and Weed Science, Physics, Proteomics, Phylogenomics, Simulation of Biochemical Networks, Statistics, and Systems Biology.
Please see the VBI Faculty link at left for further information on specific areas of research.
is a science that brings together the worlds of biology and computers. When biologists refer to bioinformatics, they are usually thinking about the use of computers to look at the structures of the molecules that make up the cells of plants and animals. Researchers want to be able to store, compare, retrieve, analyze, or predict the structures of the many molecules that make up life as we know it.
More recently, bioinformatics is also allowing scientists to imitate the way biological systems work in what they call simulations. These simulations are performed on very powerful computers and help scientists to find out how networks of molecules, cells or even people behave on a very large scale.
Scientists hope to use bioinformatics not only to study molecules but also to find new ways to prevent or treat disease.
About the Virginia Bioinformatics Institute
Virginia Bioinformatics Institute (VBI) is a research institute dedicated to the study of the biological sciences. The research platform of VBI focuses on the "disease triangle" of host-pathogen-environment interactions. By using bioinformatics, which combines transdisciplinary approaches to information technology and biology, researchers at VBI interpret and apply vast amounts of biological data generated from basic research to some of today’s key challenges in the biomedical, environmental and agricultural sciences. Work at VBI involves collaboration in diverse disciplines such as mathematics, computer science, biology, plant pathology, biochemistry, systems biology, statistics, economics and synthetic biology. The institute develops genomic, proteomic and bioinformatic tools that can be applied to the study of infectious diseases as well as the discovery of new vaccine, drug and diagnostic targets.