Ever since the publication of the first human genome in 2001, engineers and computer scientists have worked hard to develop new computational methods in order to analyze and interpret the vast number of complex biological datasets, creating what today is known as the field of bioinformatics.
Since then, bioinformatic methods have contributed to the development of new diagnostic therapies, and predictive models of many diseases, such as cancer, diabetes, and heart disease.
With the rise of these new technologies and data generation, it has become pivotal to train young scientists as bioinformaticians, teaching them to analyse and interpret the underlying molecular and biological mechanisms to advance data-driven healthcare.
To address this eminent need, a consortia built of researchers from the USA and Sweden have established a bioinformatics training program to promote the next generation of data scientists and provide a multidisciplinary forum for bioinformatics scientists with strong support from the National Science Foundation.
This collaboration involves SciLifeLab researchers Claudia Kutter (KI), Magda Bienko (KI), Carsten Daub (KI), Adil Mardinoglu (KTH), Lukas Kaell (KTH), as well as Lars Maegdefessel (KI) and underscores the expertise and strong educational support at SciLifeLab.
The consortia is coordinated by the US chair Mark Chapman, Assistant Professor, Shiley-Marcos School of Engineering, University of San Diego.
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