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BCBLab - Bioinformatics Consulting at ISU
The BCBLab began in 2006 when BCB Graduate Students, Matthew Moscou (Roger Wise, major professor in Plant Pathology) and Yves Sucaet (Eve Wurtele, major professor in GDCB) were discussing their desire to do some consulting work on campus. They had discussions with the BCB program coordinator and BCB faculty administrators, and out of those discussions and many others, the BCBLab was born.
The BCBLab provides a consulting experience for participants as they help life science researchers on campus integrate Big Data techniques and analysis into research projects. By working together to apply computational and bioinformatics solutions to biological problems through the BCBLab, our student body has created a vibrant learning community where they contribute to and learn from one another. Those who participate learn from the exchange of experience, knowledge, and resources with one another while making substantial contributions to on-going research efforts.
Past BCBLab projects have ranged from porting legacy Fortran applications to PHP/MySQL, to structure determination and microarray analysis. The BCBLab helped create the Iowa-mosquito.net, a web portal for mosquito surveillance information, 1969 to present. More recently, and importantly, a member of the BCBLab worked on TAL effector mediated genome editing in the course of a BCBLab project. This research was foundational to CRiSPR and the evolution of genome engineering ! Recent graduates from the program have highlighted such consulting experiences on their resumes to their benefit.