New Faculty for the BCB Program

June 26, 2017

BCB has admitted several new faculty to BCB faculty membership in the recent past. Find all faculty for the BCB program on the people page.  These three faculty were most recently admitted to BCB faculty membership:

Nick V.L. Serão, Ph.D.

Assistant Professor, Animal Breeding & Genetics

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Jim Reecy named Associate Vice President for Research

May 30, 2017

Jim Reecy, professor of animal science and director of the office of biotechnology, and a BCB faculty member, has been named an associate vice president for research in the office of the vice president for research (OVPR), effective June 1. Reecy takes over the position from Wolfgang Kliemann, who will return to the mathematics department in August. Kliemann had served in the role since 2014.

Reecy will work with faculty and the OVPR leadership team to develop opportunities for interdisciplinary research and to support faculty in successfully pursuing their research goals.

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Receive Training to become Grad Peer Writing Consultant

May 8, 2017

The Center for Communication Excellence of the Graduate College provides graduate students with advanced writing support, resources, and development opportunities. To expand the scope of their services in the upcoming academic year, they would like to train a new cohort of Graduate Peer Mentors – Disciplinary and Interdisciplinary Writing Consultants.

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BCB to welcome 8 new students in Fall 2017

February 26, 2017

The Bioinformatics and Computational Biology Graduate program will welcome 8 new students in Fall 2017.  Below are five of the 8 students joining the program.  Three others who are joining are featured here.


Sharmistha Chakrabortty

Toledo, OH

BS and MS in Biochem, Genetics and in Biotech from Bangalore Univ.

M.S. in Bioinformatics, Proteomics and Genomics from the Univ of Toledo

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New Book, Protein Actions, has been published

February 16, 2017

New Book has been published

Protein Actions, Principles and Modeling, a book by Ivet Bahar, University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine, Robert L Jernigan, Iowa State University and Ken A. Dill, Laufer Center for Physical and Quantitative Biology, Sony Brook University has just been published by Garland Science.  Ken, Ivet and Bob are pictured below at the recent Biophysical Society 61st Annual Meeting in New Orleans where it appeared.  Jernigan is a BCB faculty member in the BBMB Department at Iowa State.

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Four Microscopy Facilities Merging to Provide Improved Service

January 11, 2017

AMES, Iowa – The Confocal and Multiphoton Facility, Image Analysis Facility, Microscopy and NanoImaging Facility, and the Roy J. Carver Laboratory for Ultrahigh Resolution Biological Microscopy (part of the Institute for Combinatorial Discovery) are merging into a new Roy J. Carver High Resolution Microscopy Facility (HRMF). Margie Carter, Tracey Stewart, and Curtis Mosher will manage the HRMF, to be administered by the Office of Biotechnology.

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NSF Grant Received by Eve Wurtele, GDCB

December 14, 2016

ISU scientist receives NSF grant to study origins and functions of orphan genes in corn and other crops

by Fred Love, ISU News Service

AMES, Iowa – An Iowa State University scientist is leading an effort funded by a National Science Foundation grant to identify the origins and functions of “orphan genes” in the genomes of corn and other crops.

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BCB Student Wins University Wide Thesis Presentation contest

November 16, 2016

Congratulations to Sweta Roy-Carson who won the university-wide 3MT, Three Minute Thesis competition sponsored by the Graduate College.

You can view all of the presentations by the 30 students who were chosen to participate in this event, from among about 100 entries, at this web location:   Sweta’s presentation takes place at about 1 hour and 2 minutes…

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Dan Nettleton named Director of the Baker Center for Bioinformatics and Biological Statistics

September 29, 2016

Dan Nettleton has been named director of the Laurence H. Baker Center for Bioinformatics and Biological Statistics at Iowa State University.  Nettleton will lead the L.H. Baker Center’s work in developing and applying statistical methods for addressing challenges in biological sciences research.

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Funding Available to Recuit new BCB Graduate Student for Spring, 2017

September 28, 2016

Fellowship/Assistantship available for
Spring, 2017 admission to
Bioinformatics and Computational Biology (BCB) at Iowa State University

Funding to recruit new doctoral students to interdepartmental majors at Iowa State University (ISU) in Ames for Spring 2017 has been announced.  BCB applicants must submit the on-line application and supporting materials through the ISU Admissions Office by October 20, 2016 to compete for the award.  Successful applicants will be notified by November 11, 2016. 


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Cyber-Security Playground Named R&D 100 Award Finalist

September 23, 2016

Iowa State cyber-security playground named finalist for R&D 100 Award

Posted Aug 30, 2016 11:45 am

AMES, Iowa – Iowa State University engineers call it ISERink because their complex software (60 pages of installation instructions!) is designed to be just like an ice rink.

A sheet of ice can support all kinds of games – from hockey to figure skating to speed skating to just skating around for the fun of it.

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How to apply for Federal Grants

September 16, 2016

Federal STEM Graduate Seminar Series -- How to Successfully Apply for Federal Fellowships

A virtual information session on applying for federal fellowships was held on Wednesday, August 24, 2016.  Here is a pdf from this presentation:  howtoapplyforfederalfellowships.pdf

During the presentation, the panelists, who represent several different agencies, shared tips and advice on how to successfully apply for federal fellowships and traineeships.

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Knowledge on Tap

September 6, 2016

A new, exciting series of events called Knowledge on Tap is beginning Wednesday, September 14 at 7 p.m. at Torrent Brewing Company in Ames.

This is a monthly gathering that features an informal, non-jargon 30-minute presentation by a scientist on engaging science topics. After the presentation the floor is opened for questions, letting the audience join the conversation. The result – dynamic, engaging community gathering where people can learn something new while meeting new people! 

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