Undergraduate Internship Experimental Cell Biology

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We are looking for an undergraduate student for an internship in experimental cell biology. Interested candidates should send me their resume. Project Cell division is the basis of life and requires a tightly regulated series of events coordinated cell growth and division with chromosome duplication and segregation. Not surprisingly, the central cell division control mechanisms […]

Undergraduate Internship Scientific Communication

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We are looking for an undergraduate student for an internship in scientific communication. Interested candidates should send me their resume. Project Communication is an important aspect of the scientific process. We are looking for a student who is enthusiastic about scientific communication. The student primary responsibilities will include editing the Wikipedia pages related to synthetic […]

Undergraduate Internship Bioinformatics

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We are looking for an undergraduate student to participate in a bioinformatics project. Interested candidates should send me their resume. Project Synthetic biologists rely on databases of biological parts to design genetic devices and systems. The sequences and descriptions of genetic parts are often derived from features of previously described plasmids using ad hoc, error-prone […]

Computational Biology Position

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Our collaborator John Tyson has an open computational biology position for a postdoc with background in computational biology. The postdoctoral associate’s primary responsibility will be to construct, analyze, simulate and optimize models of cell cycle checkpoints based on elementary reaction networks suitable for investigation by Gillespie’s stochastic simulation algorithm. Success will require close attention to experimental […]

Single Cell Imaging Position

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We have a single cell imaging position open to work on our project exploring the molecular basis of cell cycle checkpoints in budding yeast. The emphasis of this position will be on the collection and analysis of experimental data to build stochastic model of the spindle assembly checkpoint and the DNA damage checkpoint in Saccharomyces […]

Design of plant expression vectors

design of plant expression vectors

An article describing the rule-based design of plant expression vectors was published in PLoS ONE. This plant synthetic biology paper is a collaboration with Anna Coll and Kristina Gruden from the National Institute of Biology in Ljubljana. The GenoCAD file available in the online supplement is preloaded in the GenoCAD platform. Give it a try and let us know how it could […]

Plant Synthetic Biology

Plant synthetic biology requires software tools to assist on the design of complex multi-genic expression plasmids. Here a vector design strategy to express genes in plants is formalized and implemented as a grammar in GenoCAD, a Computer-Aided Design software that can be used for plant synthetic biology. It includes a library of plant biological parts […]

Synthetic Biology Informatics

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Overview I lead the Synthetic Biology Informatics Group at the Virginia Bioinformatics Institute (VBI). VBI is a research institute of Virginia Tech.   My group combines experimental and computational approaches to understand how complex phenotypes are encoded natural and synthetic genomes. We develop software to design DNA molecules and analyze the phenotype of individual cells. Recently, we […]

Web Site 3.0

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A little over two years ago, we made a significant effort in developing a web site that could help us better communicate with various categories of stakeholders including students, reviewers, collaborators, and government agencies. The responses have been extremely positive. This encouraged us to continue our investment by updating the site.  I am very pleased […]

NIH Funding Rate

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Dr. Sally Rockey published an interesting blog about the historical trends in NIH funding rates. The success rates are historically low but paradoxically, the number of people funded increases. This probably means the cost of managing government funds is going to the roof as more grants are written, reviewed, and administered. Dr. Rockey is NIH’s Deputy Director […]