The Garvan Institute of Medical Research is one of Australia’s leading medical research institutes, with over 600 scientists, students and support staff.  We pioneer study into the most widespread diseases affecting our community today, including cancer, neurodegenerative and mental diseases, disorders of the immune system, diabetes and obesity, osteoporosis and other skeletal disorders.
The Ovarian Cancer Research Laboratory at the Garvan Institute has a particular interest in the application of genomic technologies to address clinically significant issues such as primary and acquired chemoresistance. The lab spans the Garvan Institute and the Peter MacCallum Cancer Centre (Melbourne) through Professor David Bowtell’s joint appointment at these two leading institutions.

Garvan Institute of Medical Research

  • The Bioinformatics Research Officer will focus on the implementation, development and support of computational and statistical tools for the analysis and interpretation of next-generation sequencing (NGS) data. Specifically, the Bioinformatics Research Officer will assist and provide insights into the genomic analysis of primary and acquired chemoresistance in ovarian cancer. In addition to providing support for the existing team, the Bioinformatics Research Officer will have the opportunity to develop their own research interests, as we expand on our previous work describing whole genome sequencing (WGS) of chemoresistant ovarian cancer (Patch et al. 2015 Nature).

Responsibilities will include:

  • Establish and optimise a bioinformatics pipeline for the analysis of NGS data
  • Variant verification and expression analysis using transcriptome data
  • Analysis of SNP array data to determine copy number and explore phylogenetic relationships between tumour samples
  • Integrative analyses combining WGS, copy number, methylation and expression data
  • Statistical analyses, such as associating molecular features with clinical outcomes
  • Keeping abreast of advances in genomic technologies and informatics tools

Qualifications, skills and experience required:

  • PhD in Bioinformatics or equivalent experience in a related field
  • Excellent computational background, especially in the management of large data sets in unix/linux environment
  • High proficiency in programming and scripting languages (e.g. C/C++, Java, Perl, Python)
  • Advanced user of the R programming language and R-based statistical packages and tools, such as those available from the Bioconductor project for high throughput genomic data analysis
  • Good knowledge of statistics and presentation of molecular/clinical data
  • Experience in the analysis and interpretation of large genomic data sets (WGS, RNAseq)
  • A proven track record, e.g. publications, grants, software/tool development

The Offer

  • Garvan offers a friendly and professional work environment in state of the art modern building and facilities, on-site café, social club and close to cafes and public transport. You’ll be rewarded with a competitive salary, above market Superannuation and attractive salary packaging options. This role is Full-time for an initial 2 year fixed term contract.

How to apply

Please prepare your application and submit via the directions below:

  • Cover Letter addressing the Selection Criteria above
  • Your CV including 3 Referees
  • Relevant Academic Transcripts / qualifications

Closing date

  • This role will remain open until filled. We are reviewing applications as we receive them.

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Research Associate under Network Project on Agricultural Bioinformatics

ICAR -Central Institute for Research on Buffaloes, Hisar (Haryana) will conduct walk-in-interview for contractual positions of Research Associate (One) and Senior Research Fellow (Two) as per detail mentioned below.

Name of the project Network Project on Agricultural Bioinformatics
Number of positions One
Qualifications Ph.D Degree in Bioinformatics/Biotechnology/ Biochemistry/ Genetics & Breeding/Life Sciences OR Master’s Degree in relevant subject with at least 2 years research experience. Desirable: Working experience in Molecular Biology/ Genomics/Bioinformatics, specifically, sequence data analysis using software’s proficiently.
Emoluments Master’s Degree Holders Rs. 38,000/- per month Doctoral Degree Holders Rs. 40,000/- per month
Date and time of reporting for Interview 11.08.2015 at 11.00 AM. at ICAR-CIRB, Hisar (Haryana)

Senior Research Fellow (SRF) under AICRP on Nutritional and Physiological Interventions for Enhancing Reproductive Performance in Animals”

Name of the project

“AICRP on Nutritional and Physiological Interventions for Enhancing Reproductive Performance in Animals”

Qualifications Master’s Degree in Animal Reproduction, Animal Nutrition, Animal Physiology or Life Sciences. Desirable: Ph.D in relevant field/experience of working in a research project
Emoluments Rs.25000/- per month for 1st and 2nd year and Rs. 28000/- per month for 3rd year.
Date and time of reporting for Interview 11.08.2015 at 11.00 AM. at ICAR-CIRB, Hisar (Haryana)

Senior Research Fellow (SRF) under National Agricultural Scientific Fund (NASF) project on “Lactation stress associated postpartum anestrus SNP array in buffaloes”

Name of the project National Agricultural Scientific Fund (NASF) project on “Lactation stress associated postpartum anestrus SNP array in buffaloes”
Qualifications Master’s Degree in Vety. Reproduction, Animal Physiology, Animal Biotechnology or Life Sciences. Desirable: Ph.D in relevant field/experience of working in related field.
Emoluments Rs.25000/- per month for 1st and 2nd year and Rs. 28000/- per month for 3rd year
Date and time of reporting for Interview 11.08.2015 at 11.00 AM. at ICAR-CIRB, Hisar (Haryana)

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Project Fellow @ Central University of Himachal Pradesh

Applications on plain paper giving complete permanent and correspondence address including telephone no. and email address (if available), details of educational qualifications (starting from High School or equivalent) and/or experience if any along with attested copies of all mark sheets/ certificates are invited for the post of Project Fellow in the ongoing SERB-DST sponsored research project under the Young Scientist scheme entitled “Genome-wide screening of Outer Membrane Proteins in Mycobacterium avium subsp. paratuberculosis(MAP) K-10: a repertoire of candidate immunogens for translational medicine”(Project No. SB/YS/LS-125/2014)on the following terms and conditions:

Terms and conditions/Important Instructions

  • Post Name:Project Fellow
  • Post:one
  • Salary:Rs.14000/-+ 10% HRA per month
  • Duration:Initially for one year (extendible for two more years). The post will be co-terminus with the project
  • Educational Qualification: Master Degree with minimum 55% marks in any branch of Life Sciences/Chemistry/Computer Science/Pharmacy.
  • Desirable Qualification: Experience in basic Bioinformatics and Molecular Biologytechniques

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Project Fellow @ CSIR-National Chemical Laboratory

Applications are invited in the prescribed Proforma for filling up of position of Project Fellow on a purely temporary basis. The detail of the Sponsored Project under which engagement is proposed to be made is as under:

How to Apply:

  • The application in the prescribed Proforma (enclosed here with) duly completed and signed together with photo-copies of relevant certificates/testimonials & photograph should be addressed to: The Head, Biochemical Sciences Division (Attn to

Dr. Narendra Kadoo), CSIRNational Chemical Laboratory, Pune 411008, & submitted so as to reach the office on or before 11/08/2015

  • The prescribed educational qualifications are a bare minimum and merely possessing of same will not entitle candidates to be called for interview. Where number of applications received in response to this Notice of engagement is large, it may not be convenient or possible to interview all the candidates. Based on the recommendation of the Screening Committee, the Project Leader may restrict the number of candidates to be called for interview to reasonable limits after taking into consideration qualifications and experience over and above the minimum qualifications prescribed in the Notice. Therefore, it will be in the interest of the candidates, to mention all the qualifications and experience in the relevant field at the time of applying.
  • The candidates recommended by the Screening Committee to be called for written test / interview would be notified on the Divisional Notice Board on 14/08/2015. The candidates may ascertain the information by contacting on the telephone nos.: 020- 25902238 / 2647, or by email to [email protected] /[email protected].

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Research Fellows @ The Wildlife Institute of India (WII)

The Wildlife Institute of India (WII) is a premier national autonomous Institute of the Ministry of Environment, Forest & Climate Change, Government of India, in the field of teaching, training and research. The WII wishes to engage 11 research personnel viz., 02–Project Biologists, 01–Research Associate, 01–Senior Research Fellow, 01–Project Assistant, 01–Project Fellow and 05–Junior Research Fellows (Indian national only) through a walk-in-interview on Monday, 24th August 2015. The details of the available positions along with essential and desirable qualifications, terms and conditions and how to apply are given below:

Project Title, details of position and duration

  • Population Genetic Structure of Nilgiri Tahr (Hemitragus hylocrius) in Western Ghats, India: Conservation and Forensic Implications. (01 – Research Associate) Duration: Three years

Essential Qualification

  • Ph.D. in Life Science (Biotechnology/Animal Genetics/Conservation Genetics/Molecular Biology) from a recognized University.

Desirable Qualification

  • Knowledge and experience in bioinformatics and working experience in conservation genetics.

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The speed of implementation for genetic engineering is faster than ever. As a result, implications are larger and the stakes are higher.

BIOGRAPHY OF Raymond McCauley:

Raymond McCauley is a scientist, engineer, and entrepreneur working at the forefront of biotechnology. Raymond explores how applying technology to life — biology, genetics, medicine, agriculture — is affecting every one of us.. He is known for using storytelling and down-to-earth examples to show how quickly these changes are happening, right now.Read More

In a triumph for cell biology, researchers have assembled the first high-resolution, 3-D maps of entire folded genomes and found a structural basis for gene regulation, a kind of “genomic origami” that allows the same genome to produce different types of cells. The research appears online Thursday in the journal Cell.
  • A central goal of the five-year project, a collaboration among researchers at Harvard University, Baylor College of Medicine, Rice University, and the Broad Institute of Harvard and MIT, was to identify the loops in the human genome. Loops form when two bits of DNA that are far apart in the genome sequence end up in close contact in the folded version of the genome in a cell’s nucleus.
  • Researchers used a technology called “in situ Hi-C” to collect billions of snippets of DNA that were later analyzed for signs of loops. The team found that loops and other genome folding patterns are an essential part of genetic regulation.

A 3D Map of the Human Genome

“More and more, we’re realizing that folding is regulation,” said study co-first author Suhas Rao, a researcher at Baylor’s Center for Genome Architecture and a 2012 graduate of Harvard College. “When you see genes turn on or off, what lies behind that is a change in folding. It’s a different way of thinking about how cells work.”

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The calcite-encrusted skeleton of an ancient human, still embedded in rock deep inside a cave in Italy, has yielded the oldest Neanderthal DNA ever found.
These molecules, which could be up to 170,000 years old, could one day help yield the most complete picture yet of help paint a more complete picture of Neanderthal life, researchers say.
  • Although modern humans are the only remaining human lineage, many others once lived on Earth. The closest extinct relatives of modern humans were the Neanderthals, who lived in Europe and Asia until they went extinct about 40,000 years ago. Recent findings revealed that Neanderthals interbred with ancestors of today's Europeans when modern humans began spreading out of Africa — 1.5 to 2.1 percent of the DNA of anyone living outside Africa today is Neanderthal in origin. [Image Gallery: Our Closest Human Ancestor]
  • In 1993, scientists found an extraordinarily intact skeleton of an ancient human amidst the stalactites and stalagmites of the limestone cave of Lamalunga, near Altamura in southern Italy — a discovery they said had the potential to reveal new clues about Neanderthals.
"The Altamura man represents the most complete skeleton of a single nonmodern human ever found," study co-author Fabio Di Vincenzo, a paleoanthropologist at Sapienza University of Rome, told Live Science. "Almost all the bony elements are preserved and undamaged."

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The notion that police can identify a suspect based on the tiniest drop of blood or trace of tissue has long been a staple of TV dramas, but scientists at Harvard have taken the idea a step further. Using just a single human cell, they can reproduce an individual’s entire genome.
  • As described in a Dec. 21 paper in Science, a team of researchers, led by Xiaoliang Sunney Xie, the Mallinckrodt Professor of Chemistry and Chemical Biology, and made up of postdoctoral fellow Chenghang Zong, graduate student Alec Chapman, and former graduate student Sijia Lu, developed a method — dubbed MALBAC, short for Multiple Annealing and Looping-based Amplification Cycles — that requires just one cell to reproduce an entire DNA molecule.
  • More than three years in the making, the breakthrough technique offers the potential for early cancer treatment by allowing doctors to obtain a genetic “fingerprint” of a person’s cancer from circulating tumor cells. It also could lead to safer prenatal testing for a host of genetic diseases.
“If you give us a single human cell, we report to you 93 percent of the genome that contains three billion base pairs, and if there is a single base mutation, we can identify it with 70 percent detectability, with no false positives detected,” Xie said. “This is a major development.”
  • In a second paper, published simultaneously, researchers from Xie’s lab worked with scientists at Peking University in China to demonstrate MALBAC by sequencing 99 sperm cells from one individual and examining the paternal and maternal contribution to each cell’s genome.

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Cancer researchers must use one of the world's fastest computers to detect which versions of genes are only found in cancer cells. Every form of cancer, even every tumour, has its own distinct variants.

"This charting may help tailor the treatment to each patient," says Associate Professor Rolf Skotheim, who is affiliated with the Centre for Cancer Biomedicine and the Research Group for Biomedical Informatics at the University of Oslo in Norway, as well as the Department of Molecular Oncology at Radiumhospitalet, Oslo University Hospital.

  • His research group is working to identify the genes that cause bowel and prostate cancer, which are both common diseases. There are 4,000 new cases of bowel cancer in Norway every year. Only six out of ten patients survive the first five years. Prostate cancer affects 5,000 Norwegians every year. Nine out of ten survive.

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One of the deadliest forms of paediatric brain tumour, Group 3 medulloblastoma, is linked to a variety of large-scale DNA rearrangements which all have the same overall effect on specific genes located on different chromosomes. The finding, by scientists at the European Molecular Biology Laboratory (EMBL), the German Cancer Research Centre (DKFZ), both in Heidelberg, Germany, and Sanford-Burnham Medical Research Institute in San Diego, USA, is published online today in Nature.

  • To date, the only gene known to play an important role in Group 3 medulloblastoma was a gene called MYC, but that gene alone couldn't explain some of the unique characteristics of this particular type of medulloblastoma, which has a higher metastasis rate and overall poorer prognosis than other types of this childhood brain tumour. To tackle the question, Jan Korbel's group at EMBL and collaborators at DKFZ tried to identify new genes involved, taking advantage of the large number of medulloblastoma genome sequences now known.

"We were surprised to see that in addition to MYC there are two other major drivers of Group 3 medulloblastoma – two sister genes called GFI1B and GFI1," says Korbel. "Our findings could be relevant for research on other cancers, as we discovered that those genes had been activated in a way that cancer researchers don't usually look for in solid tumours."

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François Rechenmann is a researcher in bioinformatics. He was research director at INRIA for over 30 years and has worked in the team Ibis whose research projects focus on digital biology. It now focuses its activities CEO of bioinformatics company Genostar .
François Rechenmann, 56, graduated in computer science from ENSIMAG/INPG in 1973. He got his PhD thesis from INPG in 1976, with the support of a CNRS grant. From 1976 to 1977, he worked as a scientist in the european Joint Research Center at Ispra in Italy (JRC-EURATOM).Since 1978, he is a researcher (senior researcher, "directeur de recherche", since 1983) of the french national research institute in computer science (INRIA).He has contributed to the MODULECO projet (development of methods and software for large econometric models) and the EDORA project (dynamical systems in ecology), before creating the SHERPA research group on object-oriented knowledge modeling, in Grenoble in 1988. Read More

There has been a huge effort in the advancement of analytical techniques for molecular biological data over the past decade. This has led to many novel algorithms that are specialized to deal with data associated with biological phenomena, such as gene expression and protein interactions. In contrast, ecological data analysis has remained focused to some degree on off-the-shelf statistical techniques though this is starting to change with the adoption of state-of-the-art methods, where few assumptions can be made about the data and a more explorative approach is required, for example, through the use of Bayesian networks. In this paper, some novel bioinformatics tools for microarray data are discussed along with their ‘crossover potential’ with an application to fisheries data. In particular, a focus is made on the development of models that identify functionally equivalent species in different fish communities with the aim of predicting functional collapse.

Bioinformatics tools in predictive ecology:

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At the Department of Clinical Science, Section of Oncology University of Bergen a 4-year temporary position as PhD-student are open within the field of cancer genetics / genomics. The candidate will be appointed for a period of four (4) years or max 4 months after completed the PhD-degree, if this is achieved within a shorter time than four years. The position include 25 % duty work such as teaching, exam work or supervision, depending on the demands at the department.
The position is associated with a research group at Section of Oncology and at the Mohn Cancer Research Laboratory, Haukeland University Hospital, Bergen, Norway ( Both positions are funded by the University of Bergen.

The world of UiB


  • PhD - students will be working in a project where the main biological questions assessed are identification of genetic alterations causing cancers to be resistant to chemotherapy and genetic heterogeneity (clonal heterogeneity) within patients.

The scientific work in the project consists of:

  1. Screening for genetic alterations in DNA form cancer patients included in well defined prospective studies. Screening is performed using a broad spectrum of molecular technologies, but mainly massive parallel sequencing (Illumina platform).
  2. Post-sequencing informatics-analyses of sequence data, for the most part, analyses of data sets form exome-sequencing and sequencing of cancer relevant gene panels.

The project may also potentially include in vitro functional characterization of identified mutations.
Additional information about the position will be available through contacting Senior Scientist Stian Knappskog e-mail [email protected] , phone: (+47) 559764447.

Qualifications and qualities

  • Applicants must have a MSc degree, or equivalent education, within molecular biology or informatics / bioinformatics, alternatively a MD-degree. MSc thesis (or equivalent) should preferably be completed and graded before the application deadline.
  • Potential candidates for the position should have experience bioinformatics / biostiatistics and handling of large datasets. Experience with molecular methods / biotechnology / cancer research will also be preferable.
  • Further evaluation criteria will include strong scientific interest, the ability to work independently, study progression, good collaborative skills and grades on the MSc thesis / previous education.
  • Applicants should not have severe allergies to animals of chemicals
  • Good skills in the English language.

Organized research training (PhD program):

  • In a PhD-position at the Faculty of Medicine and Dentistry you will participate in an approved program for a PhD within the set time period. You must have admission to the organized research training (PhD program) at the Faculty in order to qualify in a PhD-position. The final plan for the completion of the organized research training must be approved by the Faculty within three months after you have taken up the position.

We can offer:

  • Salary in accordance with level 50 (code 1017/pay framework 20.8) on the government salary scale (currently NOK 429400 gross, per year). For applicants with a completed internship and applicants with at least one year of employment in a position as a dentist: level 52. Further increases in salary will be based on seniority in the position. For applicants with specialist education: level 58 (code 1017/Pay framework 20.15).
  • A good pension scheme in the Norwegian Public Service Pension Fund.
  • For more information regarding a career at UiB visit;

The PhD-position:

  • PhD-positions are fixed term positions. You cannot be employed in a PhD- position for more than one fixed term period at the same institution, or had similar employment at an institution in the region.
  • If you have been previously employed in a recruitment position, this same period of engagement will be deducted from the total employment period.
  • The teaching is performed in Norwegian or English.

Recruitment for positions in the state sector:

  • State employment shall reflect the multiplicity of the population at large to the highest possible degree. The University of Bergen has therefore adopted a personnel policy objective to ensure that we achieve a balanced composition regarding age and sex and the recruitment of persons of various ethnic backgrounds. Persons of different ethnic backgrounds and persons with disabilities are therefore encouraged to apply for the position.
  • The successful applicant must comply with the guidelines that apply to the position at any time. The University of Bergen applies the principles of public openness when recruiting staff to scientific positions. Information about the applicant may be made public even though the applicant has requested not to be named in the list of applicants. The applicant will be notified if his/her request is not respected.

How to apply

The application must contain:

  • A brief letter of application stating your motivation for the position, why you are applying and why the position is perfect for you
  • A Curriculum Vitae with a complete review of all academic education and professional experience
  • Certified copies of diplomas and transcripts of grades. Applicant whose education is from another country than Norway, need to also attach a certified translation of the diploma and transcript of grades to English or a Scandinavian language, if the original is not in any of these languages. It is required that the applicant enclose a confirmation from NOKUT that the education in question is of a scope and level that corresponds to the level of a Norwegian master’s degree. Please see for more information about NOKUT’s general recognition
  • Complete list of publications and scientific work you want to be evaluated
  • Two referees (name and contact information)
Please send your application with attachments electronically via Jobbnorge by clicking on the button marked “Apply for this job”.
  • The applications will be sent electronically to the assessment committee. Please notice that the applications will be assessed only with the information available in Jobbnorge when the deadline expires. It is the applicant`s responsibility to ensure that all relevant attachments are submitted by the deadline.
  • Please notice that applications sent by e-mail will not be considered.

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What was the Human Genome Project and why has it been important?

The Human Genome Project was an international research effort to determine the sequence of the human genome and identify the genes that it contains. The Project was coordinated by the National Institutes of Health and the U.S. Department of Energy. Additional contributors included universities across the United States and international partners in the United Kingdom, France, Germany, Japan, and China. The Human Genome Project formally began in 1990 and was completed in 2003, 2 years ahead of its original schedule.
  • The work of the Human Genome Project has allowed researchers to begin to understand the blueprint for building a person. As researchers learn more about the functions of genes and proteins, this knowledge will have a major impact in the fields of medicine, biotechnology, and the life sciences.

The selected candidate will become a member of the newly formed System Biology group in the Department of Enviromental Toxicology, and will be enrolled in the ETHZ/UniZ systems biology graduate program. The goal of the PhD project will be to use genome-scale metabolic modelling and gene expression measurements in green algae to 1) determine the metabolic mechanisms of toxicity after exposure to different chemicals and 2) to predict the adverse outcome after exposure to single chemicals and chemical mixtures. The project will include development of metabolic models and their integration with omics datasets, with option of including laboratory work.
  • If you are excited about advancing environmental sciences through systems biology and joining an interdisciplinary research team, you are invited to apply. You should either hold a master or equivalent degree in natural sciences, mathematics, physics or engineering and have experience in mathematical modelling. Good programming skills are essential and experience with metabolic modelling packages (e.g., Cobra, Raven) would be considered an asset. Good English language skills are essential.
  • Please submit your application by 31/08/2015 and include a letter describing your motivation, CV, copies of your academic qualifications, and names and contact information of two references.
  • Eawag is committed to promoting equal opportunities for men and women and to supporting working families and prides itself in providing a stimulating and pleasant work environment. The position would be available immediately.
For further information, please contact Dr. Anze Zupanic ([email protected])

The crowdfunding campaign is to raise money to build an app to give Sri Lankan farmers and any other palm tree farmer piece of mind from red palm weevils. Weevils breed inside the tree, eating it from the inside. The tree shows no external signs until it is too late, yet Thrish has discovered a way of detecting the weevils using the a combination of the processing power of the brain and a smart phone. Thrish's research helped us understand the behaviour of weevils and now with the device we can detect them.

The call for applications for the 2015 EMBL Interdisciplinary Postdocs Fellowship (EIPOD) is now open until September 10th. The fellowships are funded by EMBL and a grant from Marie Skłodowska-Curie actions from the EU and provide young scientist with full funding for a three year position. Applicants are invited to propose an interdisciplinary project according to their scientific interest. Each project should involve two EMBL groups. External partners from academia or industry are welcome.
Successful candidates will pursue interdisciplinary projects, transferring techniques to a new context or connecting scientific fields that are usually separate, across at least two labs at the five EMBL sites.

European Molecular Biology Laboratory (EMBL) is……….

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Sitting humbly in his silence, gathering dozens of pages of data, New Mexico State University student Cesar Montelongo is tucked away in a biology lab eager to make his mark on society. Montelongo is a biology master’s graduate with a unique past, inspiring story and bright future.

  • He is part of a team of researchers using live snail tissue and bioinformatics to identify immune factors in the Biomphalaria glabrata snail. The research, shared and reachable worldwide, sequences and annotates the B. glabrata genome. Information gained from the snail is helping scientists determine how humans become infected with schistomiasis, the second-most widespread parasitic disease in tropical and sub-tropical areas, next to malaria.
  • The disease is acquired when people come into contact with fresh water that has been infested with the larval form of schistosomes. When these microscopic parasites become adults, they embed themselves into a person’s veins, draining the urinary tract and intestines. Eggs laid by these worms become trapped in the body’s tissue and trouble arises when the body begins to respond, by fighting off the attacker and the body.
  • By controlling the snail vectors and browsing specific genomes, scientists and researchers are able to hypothesize how the snails may resist becoming infected themselves by the parasite.

Bioinformatics is the process in which scientists and doctors manage biological information. It is the area where Montelongo believes he can make a difference in patients’ lives.
“I have a hope that bioinformatics will make a difference in how patients are treated, and overall how the medical field works,” he said. “My father became very sick in Ciudad Juarez, Mexico, and for the longest time we had no idea what was wrong with him. With my father incapacitated and all the violence throughout the city, that made a huge impression on me. It was in that moment I decided I wanted to become the kind of person who could prevent that.”

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UT Southwestern Medical Center announced today that it has received an exceptional $25 million gift from Lyda Hill, funding the establishment of the Lyda Hill Department of Bioinformatics to bridge research and clinical care.

The new Department, recently approved by the UT System Board of Regents, is dedicated to developing UT Southwestern’s capability in bioinformatics, a discipline that provides tools for managing and analyzing the extremely large data sets that are increasingly key to addressing the most important scientific and medical challenges. Finding the patterns in these data sets has become an essential component of biomedical discovery and is crucial to developing new therapeutic strategies and to understanding the foundations of life and the defects that cause disease.

  • With this commitment, Miss Hill has now contributed more than $37.5 million to UT Southwestern, supporting research ranging from systems biology to the development of a genetic mutations database.
  • “We are deeply grateful for this transformative gift from Lyda Hill, which underscores her role in supporting and promoting Dallas’ reputation as a growing center for biotechnology and medical innovation,” said Dr. Daniel K. Podolsky, President of UT Southwestern. “By establishing the Lyda Hill Department of Bioinformatics, UT Southwestern will significantly expand our existing expertise in this critical field,” noted Dr. Podolsky, who holds the Philip O’Bryan Montgomery Jr., M.D., Distinguished Presidential Chair in Academic Administration, and the Doris and Bryan Wildenthal Distinguished Chair in Medical Science.

Miss Hill added, “Over the long term, I believe bioinformatics will prove indispensable in bridging the outstanding research activity at UT Southwestern with the most promising clinical applications. My hope is that our investment will help overcome the technological barriers in managing and analyzing data, enabling patients to benefit from research breakthroughs.”

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The Vienna Biocenter (VBC) PhD Programme in Life Sciences has been running since 1993, providing students from all over the world with excellent training. As a student at the Vienna Biocenter you will be supervised by a top scientist and have full access to state-of-the-art facilities, thus giving you the opportunity to start a strong scientific career.
The VBC campus is highly multidisciplinary with research areas ranging from molecules to populations: RNA biology, gene regulation and epigenetics; Biochemistry, structural and cell biology; Stem cells and developmental biology; Molecular medicine; Neurosciences; Plant biology; Bioengineering and computational biology; and Evolutionary and population biology.

IMP Vienna PhD Programme

  • Importantly the scientific environment is extremely dynamic and collaborative, you will have numerous opportunities to meet, talk, listen and collaborate with fellow scientists. The VBC PhD Programme offers a flexible curriculum structure with an initial training course, lectures on scientific topics as well as technical and complementary skills training. Moreover, students contribute to the management of the institutes, through representatives, and organize events that promote networking and career development, such as an annual retreat and a symposium.
  • Not only will you be in one of Europe’s best institutes, you will also have the opportunity to live in Vienna, which is rated as one of the top cities in the world for quality of life. Vienna is a fun, young city embedded in beautiful old buildings, an international metropolis in the heart of Central Europe.
To find out more about the programme please visit our website:
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  • Applications are accepted each year for the Winter call from 15 September to 15 November and for the Summer call from 1 March to 30 April.
  • To apply you must hold a Master's degree or equivalent from a university in a related topic (or you will complete a master's degree within six months of the application deadline). Successful applicants will be hired on a full employment contract with a competitive salary.
The VBC PhD Programme ( is organized jointly by the Research Institute of Molecular Pathology (IMP –, the Max F. Perutz Laboratories (MFPL –, the Institute of Molecular Biotechnology (IMBA – and the Gregor Mendel Institute (GMI – Degrees are awarded by the Vienna University or the Medical University of Vienna.

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