BCB Welcomed Prospective Students

February 26, 2017

The Bioinformatics and Computational Biology Graduate program welcomed 8 visitors to the Iowa State University campus to meet faculty and students and to learn about what this PhD program offers.  Thirty BCB faculty members met with the visitors during the March 2-4 event.  Current BCB students hosted the visitors at a March 2 dinner, a March 3 luncheon and a March 4 breakfast to give them a thorough overview of what they can expect if offered admission to the program.

We were happy to welcome these students to campus for this visit.  Thanks for joining us !

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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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High Performance Computing Courses, Fall 2016, Spring 2017

August 6, 2016

Purpose of Math/ComS/CprE 424 & 525:  The purpose of 424 and 525 is to train students to be able to effectively use on-campus High Performance Computing (HPC) machines. Students without Fortran or C programming experience should take 424 and then 525. Students with Fortran or C programming experience should take only 525.


1. Introduction to High Performance Computing: Math/ComS/CprE 424, 3 credit. Offered fall semesters.

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Iowa State tops external funding record in FY16

July 21, 2016

By Mike Krapfl, News Service

Eliot Winer

With the support of a new grant, mechanical engineering professor Eliot Winer will use his expertise in virtual and augmented reality to develop training tools for manufacturers. Photo by Christopher Gannon.

Iowa State attracted a record $425.8 million of external funding in the 2016 fiscal year that ended June 30.

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Zeb Arendsee Wins Poster Award at ISMB

July 19, 2016

The poster Evolutionary Origin of Orphan Genes by Zebulon Arendsee (BCB/GDCB/CMB), Andrew Wilkey (ISU undergrad in BCBio), Priyanka  Bhandary (BCB/GDCB/CMB), and Eve Sykin Wurtele (BCB/GDCB/CMB), was awarded an F1000 Poster Award at the 2016 conference of the International Society for Computational Biology and Bioinformatics (ISCB) in Orlando, Florida. 

Zeb Arendsee

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Entrepreneurial Assistance for ISUers

May 18, 2016

While one adventure ends by graduating from Iowa State University, another begins as the Iowa State Economic Development and Industry Relations (EDIR) team prepares to launch a new avenue for students, faculty, and staff to create businesses with the StartUp Factory: a 52-week intensive program that will be housed at ISU Research Park (ISURP).

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BCB Symposium - a big success

March 28, 2016

The Bioinformatics and Computational Biology Graduate Student Organization (BCBGSO) hosted their Second Annual BCB Symposium, “Current Topics in Bioinformatics and Computational Biology” on March 25 at Reiman Gardens. 

About 80 faculty and students attended the day-long symposium which featured several speakers, a poster session and 3-minute speeches highlighting graduate student research projects, and a presentation on professional networking.  At the luncheon, students had time to interact with the speakers. 

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BCB Dissertation Presentation by Divita Mathur

March 10, 2016

Divita Mathur will present for her dissertation defense on March 21 at 9 a.m. in 1062 Carver Co-Lab.  Please feel free to attend.  Her mentors are Eric Henderson in the Department of Genetics, Development and Cell Biology and Jack Lutz, Computer Science Department.  The title and abstract of her dissertation are below.

Title: Dynamic self-assembling DNA nanosystems: Design and engineering

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