November 29, 2016





Entry-level, tenure-track position in Arkansas:


The Ouachita Baptist University Department of Biology invites applications for an entry-level, tenure-track position effective fall, 2017. PhD in any biological field required. Ideal candidates should demonstrate a background in biomedical sciences, though any innovative candidate with a strong interest in teaching undergraduates through active learning pedagogy will be considered. The candidate may be expected to teach courses for biology majors such as microbiology, cell biology, or anatomy and physiology, as well as science for non-majors. Additionally, the candidate may be asked to create a new upper-level course such as immunology.  A successful candidate will show aptitude and inclination for engaging undergraduates in research, both through individual mentored research as well as course-embedded undergraduate research experiences. A three-year start up package is included for the establishment of a biomedical research program. Ouachita Baptist University is a private liberal-arts institution dedicated to undergraduate instruction. The job entails a collegial commitment to professional, university, and community service as well as advising students and supporting the institution’s Christian mission; see the University’s vision, mission, and values statements here. Review of applications will begin January 20th and continue until the position is filled.  Candidates from under-represented minorities are encouraged to apply.  Interested individuals must apply online.  For more information, contact Dr. Nathan Reyna, Chair, Biology Faculty Search Committee.

July 20, 2016





The EPSCoR IDeA Foundation has shared their Summer 2016 Newsletter. Take a look!

July 19, 2016





Take a look and share with your colleagues!

The new IDeA video that was shown at 2016 NISBRE

June 22, 2016





The COBRE in Emerging/Reemerging Infectious Diseases at the Idaho Veterans Research and Education Foundation is searching for 1) Post-doctoral researchers, 2) an early-stage Basic Science Investigator, and 3) a Program Officer.
For more information, click on the appropriate title below.

June 1, 2016





WINNERS of the NAIPI-VSA-Sponsored ‘Take you IDeA Science to Capitol Hill’ Travel Award can be found on the NIH, NIGMS Sixth Biennial National IDeA Symposium of Biomedical Research Excellence (NISBRE) website.

March 1, 2016





NAIPI is handling registration payments for the June 2016 National IDeA Symposium of Biomedical Research Excellence (NISBRE) meeting in Washington, D.C.

February 8, 2016




The “4th Annual Louisiana Conference on Computational Biology and Bioinformatics” will be held on April 1-2, 2016 at the Xavier Convocation Center Annex Building, Xavier University of Louisiana, New Orleans. The conference is co-sponsored by the Louisiana Biomedical Research Network (LBRN), the LSU-Tulane Center for Experimental Infectious Disease Research (CEIDR), LSU Center for Computation and Technology (CCT) and the LSU Office of Research and Economic Development (ORED). The conference aims to expose Louisiana to the cutting edge of Computational Biology, Bioinformatics Research and Applications while also providing a platform for exchange of information and technical knowledge among Louisiana-based scientists involved in different aspects of computational biology & bioinformatics.


The Conference program includes four Keynote speakers highlighting each of four thematic sessions identified by the Scientific Committee. The meeting will provide an opportunity to exchange practical information and facilitate future collaborations among attendees. Registration open Monday January 11th, 2016. The deadline for abstract submission for Oral and Poster presentations is Monday February 23rd 2016. Participants are encouraged to register early for the conference, since there is limited seating capacity.


You are invited to submit abstracts for Oral Presentation / Poster sessions at the conference.  The Scientific Committee will review the abstracts and make recommendations for Oral or Poster Presentations. Selected abstracts will be included in the printed program. Thematic areas include but are not limited to: Computational Biology, Bioinformatics, Molecular Modeling, Proteomics, Drug discovery & Medicinal Chemistry, Functional genomics, Next-Gen Sequencing Informatics, Data Mining and Visualization, Genome Wide Association Studies, Clinical Genomics, Collaborations & Open Access Innovations, Cancer Informatics, Plant Genomics, Comparative Genomics, Evolutionary Genomics & Phylogenetics, Metagenomics, etc.


This year the four sessions will be kicked off by the following speakers:
1)      Dr. Jens Meiler from Vanderbilt University (Computational Chemical and Structural Biology)
      Dr. Thomas Knudsen from NCCT, EPA and (Developmental Toxicology and Virtual Embryo Project)
3)      Rich LeDuc from Northwestern University (Computational Proteomics and Top-Down Proteomics)
4)      Speaker to TBA (Cancer Genomics/Genomics of Infectious diseases)


We look forward to your participation in this effort to expand our horizons in the field of computational biology & bioinformatics.


Please contact Dr. Ramesh Subramanian ( or Dr. E William Wischusen ( if you need any other information.


Thomas R KleiLBRN
Boyd Professor, Parasitology and Veterinary Science
School of Veterinary Medicine, Louisiana State University


K. Gus Kousoulas
Associate Vice President for 
Research & Economic Development(STEM) LSU
Director, LSU-Tulane NIH Center for Biomedical Research Excellence (COBRE)
Center for Experimental Infectious Disease Research


J. (Ram) Ramanujam
Director, Center for Computation and Technology
John E. and Beatrice L. Ritter Distinguished Professor in the Division of ECE
School of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science, LSU

Organizing Committee
4th Annual LA Conference on Computational Biology & Bioinformatics
When: April 1&2, 2016
 Xavier Convocation Center Annex Building,New Orleans.




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LA Conference on Computational Biology April 2016

December 16, 2015



Big Data Skills Training for INBRE faculty



Big Data Skills Training for INBRE faculty

December 14, 2015



The National Research Mentoring Network (NRMN), funded by the National Institutes of Health, is a nationwide consortium of health science investigators, professionals and institutions collaborating to provide students and scientists across all career stages of health science research with mentorship, networking, professional development and research resources.


As an NRMN mentee or mentor, you can:

  • Participate in mentorship in your field that directly addresses diversity, inclusivity, and culture through NRMN’s virtual mentoring platform.
  • Participate in synchronous and asynchronous online, as well as face-to-face, evidence-based training programs such as career coaching and train-the-trainer workshops.
  • Receive intensive coaching to develop a competitive grant proposal for a research project and/or research career development award in any biomedical or bio-behavioral discipline (this opportunity is targeted to post-doctoral fellows and early career faculty).
  • Learn about grant funding opportunities.
  • Stay up-to-date on NRMN’s programming and nationwide diversity efforts through webinars, videos, news, and links to ongoing professional development opportunities.


Mentors can avail themselves of additional opportunities such as:

  • Get certified or participate in training opportunities that leads to a “NRMN Master Mentor” Certification.
  • Apply to become an NRMN “Coach-in-Training” for one of the network’s four intensive coaching programs for grant proposal writing and professional development. This opportunity is for more senior researchers who are committed to the career advancement of investigators from diverse backgrounds and desire to implement NRMN coaching models in the near future.


Click the following link to create your profile on the NRMN website today!


For more information about how to register with NRMN, or for assistance getting started, contact

November 30, 2015


Job Posting: University of Nevada, School of Medicine




The University of Nevada, School of Medicine is recruiting for a Coordinator, Office of Medical Research (OMR). This position collaborates in strategic planning and implementation of current and future OMR programs to enhance basic science and clinical research within the University of Nevada School of Medicine (UNSOM). The position will advise basic science and clinical researchers regarding grant proposal and award processes, troubleshoot problems on behalf of principal investigators (PIs), and monitor research activities. The incumbent will similarly support undergraduate and graduate research activities within UNSOM. A significant role of the position is to facilitate relationships between OMR and other key campus departments within UNSOM and the Division of the Vice President for Research and Innovation (VPRI). The position serves as the Clinical and Translational Research Infrastructure Network (CTR-IN) Concierge, educates and facilitates research and training opportunities for University and UNSOM faculty, and manages the UNR CTR-IN subcontract.


In addition to research support, the position serves as the business manager for OMR by developing the budget and human resource strategies, monitoring and coordinating financial resources, overseeing technical business support functions, and supervising clerical support staff. The incumbent will ensure efficient and effective departmental business process to provide the most effective research support service. Additionally, the incumbent supports the Senior Associate Dean (SAD) for Research by assisting with special projects, resolving inquiries and complaints, and managing daily operational issues.


November 20, 2015



Comparative Aging is a 2-week intensive research training course using comparative models and approaches to explore biological aging. Models include C. elegans, Drosophila, mice, and African turquoise killifish (Nothobranchius furzeri).


The course emphasizes the advantages of each model system for addressing mechanisms relevant to the biology of human aging. Participants engage in hypothesis-driven research utilizing experimental methods including CRISPR, mRNA translation profiling, microinjection (worms and fish), quantitative fluorescence microscopy (QFM), and health/survival assays.


Participants get access and training in the use of the statistical programming language R and other software necessary for analysis of big data used in conjunction with modern experimentation [e.g., transcriptomics, translatomics, Quantitative Trait Locus (QTL), and Genome-Wide Association Studies (GWAS)].


Course programming includes expert guest lecturers with catered receptions as a part of professional development and networking within the aging research community. In addition, a representative from the NIA will discuss important considerations for obtaining grant funding.


MDI Biological Laboratory is located on Mount Desert Island near Acadia National Park and the popular vacation destination of Bar Harbor, Maine.


MDI Flyer_Aging2016

October 22, 2015


Dear INBRE/COBRE/RCMI Participants and Institution Investigators,


You are invited to apply for an NM-INBRE/NCGR Sequencing and Bioinformatics Pilot project award.  These awards are valued at approximately $10k and create collaborative relationships to drive publications and grant proposals.  Over 75 pilot projects have been awarded to date.


APPLICATION INFORMATION:  Researchers from INBRE/COBRE/RCMI institutions interested in bioinformatics analysis and next generation sequencing are eligible to apply. Projects involving student participation will be preferentially considered.  Past winners may apply, but new applicants have priority if all other proposal factors are equal.  Judging is based on 1) biological relevance, 2) impact to NM-INBRE thematic areas, 3) novelty, 4) student involvement, and 5) how well your project fits into the recommended experimental designs outlined in the Appendix.


SUBMISSION INSTRUCTIONS: Please submit a ½ to 1 page proposal that includes the background, answers to judging criteria 1-5 above, and an NGS experimental design to


Please also include:

  • species (including genome size)
  • genome or transcriptome reference link (if applicable)
  • an ETA for sample arrival
  • “NM-INBRE SBC 2015 Pilot Award Proposal” in the subject line.


Please address any questions to


SUBMISSION RECEIPT: You will be notified once your proposal has been received.  If you do not receive an acknowledgement within 3-business days, please contact


DEADLINE:  Midnight Nov 22, 2015 and the winners will be announced shortly thereafter.


Thank you and we look forward to collaborating!


Complete information can be found at

June 25, 2015


Notice from Van Scoyoc Associates about FY 2016 federal budget negotiations:


Dear EPSCoR/IDeA State Representatives,


Yesterday, the Senate Labor-HHS-Education appropriations subcommittee held a mark-up of their FY2016 bill. We are very happy to report that the bill recommends $300 million, a $26.7 million increase, for NIH’s IDeA program. A press release issued by the Subcommittee (attached below) states that $32 billion is allocated for NIH, an increase of $2 billion above the FY2015 funding level and represents “the largest increase the NIH has received since its doubling ended in 2003.”


The Full Committee mark-up of the FY2016 Labor-HHS appropriations bill will take place on Thursday morning. For those of you with Senators on the Senate Appropriations Committee, please contact them before tomorrow and ask that they support the increase for IDeA during Full Committee mark-up. A list of Senators from IDeA States who are members of the Senate Appropriations Committee is attached at the bottom of this e-mail.


As a reminder, last week the House Labor-HHS-Education appropriations subcommittee held a mark-up of their FY2016 bill and recommended $311,865,000, a $38.5 million increase for the IDeA program. The full House Appropriations Committee meets this morning at 10:15 a.m. to consider the FY2016 Labor-HHS-Education bill. We have been asking those of you with Members on the House Appropriations Committee to support the substantial increase for IDeA during this morning’s Full Committee mark-up.


Once again, thank you for all of your efforts this year to support the Coalition’s efforts to increase funding for the IDeA program. We will keep you posted as further developments occur.


Stu Van Scoyoc
Van Scoyoc Associates
Senate Appropriations Committee


Republicans from IDeA States


Thad Cochran
Mitch McConnell
Susan Collins
Lisa Murkowski
Lindsey Graham
Jerry Moran
John Hoeven
John Boozman
Shelley Moore Capito
Bill Cassidy
James Lankford
Steve Daines


Democrats from IDeA States


Patrick Leahy
Jack Reed
Jon Tester
Tom Udall
Jeanne Sheehan
Chris Coons
Brian Schatz

March 26, 2015

JOB ADVERTISEMENT: The University of Rhode Island


Research Assistant Professor, Bioinformatics


This is a full-time, calendar year, non-tenure track position, limited to 4/30/2017 with possible extension. Visit the URI jobs website at: to apply and view complete details for job posting (#SF00012).


Application Deadline Information: Search will remain open until filled. First consideration will be given to applications received by April 15, 2015. Second consideration will be given to applications received by May 15, 2015. Applications received subsequent to the second consideration date (May 15, 2015) may not be given full consideration.


Only electronic applications will be accepted.


The University of Rhode Island is an AA/EEOD employer. Women, persons of color, protected veterans, individuals with disabilities, and other protected groups members are encouraged to apply.

March 1, 2015

New BioTechniques policy concerning the acknowledgement of scientific cores in publications.

February 15, 2015

The NAIPI Executive and National Committee members sent these comments regarding the proposed new Center for Research Capacity Building to NIGMS.

February 12, 2015

The NAIPI Executive and National Committee members sent these comments supporting the NIGMS Strategic Plan to Director Jon Lorsch.

January 1, 2015

Job Posting:

Vice President for Administration at MDI Biological Laboratory, Mount Desert Island, Maine.