Places are still available for SysMIC, an online course in systems biology.
The course provides introductory and advanced training in maths and computing, based around biological examples. Participants will gain an understanding of programming MATLAB to model and simulate biological systems and the R package to run statistical analysis of results.
Every topic includes code examples, exercises and quizzes, with hands-on support provided by online tutors.
There are three modules available to study, each lasting six months and requiring about five hours work per week.
1 - Basic Skills
2 - Advanced topics and applications
3 - Project work
You can find the full course details here.
We issue a suggested schedule to help participants complete in 6 months, in time for certification, but the deadlines are flexible as SysMIC is a self-directed course.
Module 1 for the spring 2015 cohort started on the 20th of April 2015. The next cohort will be around October/November 2015.
Audrey Henderson, second-year EASTBIO students is to see the study she's been working on with Dr Ross Whitehead (University of St Andrews) on the BBC this week. Read below for more details on a study wishing to encourage healthy eating habits by making its correlation with skill colour ovious.
SULSA’s Assay Development Fund is actively recruiting innovative molecular targets for which there is a strong rationale for therapeutic potential.
Our aim is to take your basic reagents (recombinant proteins, substrates, cell lines etc.) to develop a high quality screening assay on our robotics infrastructure. Final validation of the assay will consist of screening a well curated collection of ~7000 small molecules, comprising both known bioactives and diverse lead-like structures, to identify potential chemical starting points for drug development and to provide key information to assist in further screening and/or funding.
We will deliver the developed assay, the associated SOPs and the data back to you, along with the hit compounds.
This results from the screen will help you leverage follow on funding or provide access to the various drug discovery initiatives that are available to the academic community, i.e. MRC DPFS, Bayer G4Targets, Wellcome Trust translational fund, the European Lead Factory, AZ innovation portal etc.
Check the link below for current updates on the thematic research training at EASTBIO:
The EASTBIO PIPS Q&A event was held at the University of Dundee on 20 February 2015. The day featured talks by PIPS administrator, Dr Caroline Pope and representatives from the University of Dundee Careers Office, Lynsay Pickering and Ben Carter, followed by a discussion with EASTBIO students and Dundee-based academics.
Click on the images below for the PIPS session slides:
The events below are of potential interest to our students within the Bioenergy and Industrial Biotechnology priority area:
A. Innovation Forum together with Excellence with Impact organised an event on Leadership and Entrepreneurship in the Biotech Industry. The event is open to all postgraduates in the School of Biological Sciences and Roslin Institute, University of Edinburgh.
Date: Monday 16 February 2015, 2pm.
Location: Waddington Building, King’s Buildings, Seminar room 1.08
To register, contact email@example.com as spaces are limited.
The University of Manchester postgraduate society will be hosting its
annual ‘Life Sciences’ PhD conference on 8th May 2015.
EASTBIO is delighted to announce its annual Research Training, which will be structured this academic term around four face-to-face meetings per thematic cohort.
From the first meeting of the Bioenergy & Industrial Biotechnology first year cohort (25 November 2014, Dundee)
The training represents an opportunity for first-year PhD students to meet supervisors and invited speakers, discuss key issues in their field, develop critical reading skills and follow up with specially designed events and activities. Each theme and session is organised by individual leaders who decide on the content and structure in consultation with volunteer students. These meetings are mandatory for first year EASTBIO students.
For further information and updates on the programme for each of the four key themes, click here.
Sesha Venkateswaran, third-year EASTBIO student has found himself on the spotlight, both at the University of Edinburgh and the national broadcaster. This was following publication of research on how to cut infection risk with new coatings for surgical devices.
Many congratulations to Sesha for their publication and impact, with all best for more research outcomes!
The EASTBIO Annual Symposium will be held in Edinburgh on Monday 15 - Tuesday 16 June 2015. The Symposium will take place at the John McIntyre Conference Centre, University of Edinburgh and will focus on the industrial impact of bioscience research.
Further details on the 2-day, student-led event will be advertised on our website.
EASTBIO Symposium 2014 (Dundee): Group photo of our students and supervisors (cohorts 1&2)
During a visit to the University of Edinburgh on Friday 3rd of October, Business Secretary Vince Cable announced £125M of Biotechnology and Biological Sciences Research Council (BBSRC) funding over five years to support the training and development of PhD students in Bioscience.
The funding will train students in world-class bioscience to boost the economy by building on UK strengths in agriculture, food, industrial biotechnology, bioenergy and health.
A £7.5 million investment from BBSRC into EASTBIO DTP will be matched by £7 million funding committed by the EASTBIO partner Universities.
During the visit, Dr Cable visited the labs at the Roslin Institute and discussed bioscience research with BBSRC-funded students and supervisors from the School of Biological Sciences and the Roslin Institute. Dr Cable also met with the EASTBIO Management Group and discussed training of bioscience students.
A warm welcome to our 2014 cohort of PhD students
The EASTBIO Doctoral Training Partnership welcomed its new intake of PhD students and their supervisors at the Induction Day , held in Dundee (West Park Conference Centre) on Tuesday 21 October 2014. Tell us what you thought by filling in the short, anonymous questionnaire here.
For further questions, please email EASTBIO.
The 2014 EASTBIO Symposium was held in Dundee on the 28th and 29th of August with robust participation by our students and supervisors.
Leave your (anonymous) feedback here.
Congratulations to our two winners for best student presentation:
- first-year student Sybille Ursula Mittmann for her poster presentation on "The control of meiosis and recombination in barley"
- second-year student Magali Sivakumaran on "Out with the old, in with the new: Novelty judgements as a translational tool to assess healthy ageing", done in PechaKucha format
Thanks to our Organising Committee and host institution colleagues for their hard work in the last few months and to our EASTBIO supervisors for attending the Symposium and for their engagement with the students' work.
Our redesigned website was launched in early July 2014. It has a new layout and enhanced interactivity enabling communication across the partnership.
EASTBIO students and supervisors have access to restricted pages, as well as some editing rights. For information on how to get access, post comments, etc., please click here (for EASTBIO students and supervisors ONLY).
We are happy to announce that the EASTBIO Induction Day 2014 will be held on Tuesday 21st of October and kindly hosted by the University of Dundee.
More information and details about the programme will be posted here soon.
Launched on 31 January 2013, the EASTBIO Basic Bioscience underpinning Health (Ageing) priority area begun its 12 weeks-long online Research Training on 28 February 2014.
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Booking is now open for two bioinformatics short courses in Edinburgh this June.
R/Bioconductor and Unix * 10th-12th June * 10:00-17:00 *
Course Leader: Dr Simon Tomlinson
Booking Link: http://goo.gl/7PkNPc
This course focuses on the analysis of gene expression data from microarray and high-throughput sequencing platforms, using R, Bioconductor and Unix: data analysis approaches, principles and common pitfalls; an introduction to R, Bioconductor and other resources for data analysis; analysis of microarray gene expression data and of next-generation sequencing data (RNA-seq). Day 3 is an optional session for attendees to drop in and work through problems with support from Simon.
Introduction to Python * 23rd-27th June * 09:00-17:00*
Course Leader: Dr Martin Jones
Booking Link: http://goo.gl/0tRrBZ