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  • 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

    Research Interests:

    Quantitative genetics and genomics of disease/stress response and fertility in livestock animals; QTL mapping; Genomic prediction/selection; Gene expression analysis; Statistical methods for genomic analyses; Big Data; Modeling of immune response, and infectious diseases

    Description of current and future research:

  • 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.

  • AMES, IA – Iowa State University researchers for the first time have mapped the various molecular components that govern how environmentally stressed plants interrupt their normal growth pathways by tapping into an important energy recycling function.

    The research, published today in the peer-reviewed academic journal Developmental Cell, shows that autophagy, a system by which both plants and animals recycle energy and molecular components, plays a key role in slowing plant growth during times of stress.

  • Need help writing, formatting, or finalizing parts of your thesis or dissertation? The 

  • A total of eight students will be joining BCB this fall to pursue their PhD degrees.  Here are three students who will be joining from overseas:

    Shofi Andari

    Malang, Indonesia


    BS and MS in Statistics

    Institut Pertanian Bogor

    Institut Teknologi Sepuluh Nop

    Google Scholar:


    he is interested in structural bioinformatics, comparative Genetics and transcriptomics.

    In her Undergraduate work, she worked on a thesis project titled: A study of clustering methods on mixed numerical and categorical data.

  • 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.

  • BCB Thesis Seminar Haibo Liu March 9, 2017

    Swine Blood Transcriptomics: Application and Advancement

    Home Department: Animal Science

    Major Professors: Christopher Tuggle, Animal Science and Peng Liu, Statistics


    Abstract: The uses of transcriptomic analysis of blood to identify biomarkers predictive of quantitative phenotypes and to study immune responses are major fields of study. We are interested in improving swine feed efficiency by selection for low residual feed intake (RFI). However, whether this selection would compromise pigs’ immune response is not clear given reduced feed intake of low-RFI pigs.


  • 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




    She is interested in genomics, transcriptomics, non-coding RNA, Epigenetics, Stem Cells, Cancer, NGS, Biomarker Research


  • 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.


  • 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 CarterTracey Stewart, and Curtis Mosher will manage the HRMF, to be administered by the Office of Biotechnology. Existing services will continue uninterrupted.


  • The BCBGSO will be hosting our 3rd annual BCB Symposium on Friday, March 31, 2017 at Reiman Gardens.


    Register here by March 30th to attend and March 26th to present:


  • 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. 

  • The Program for Women in Science and Engineering (WiSE) was founded in 1986 by a group of ISU faculty and staff concerned about the underrepresentation and underutilization of women in science and engineering.


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