Iowa Institute of Human Genetics

  • Bioinformatics Summer Internships

    The Iowa Institute of Human Genetics (IIHG) is offering a Bioinformatics Summer Internship (BSI) program for undergraduate students interested in a bioinformatics and personalized genomic medicine.  The internship is 8 weeks in duration with 40-hour weeks (8:00am-5:00pm, Monday through Friday). Selected interns are expected to present two 15-20 minute talks during their summer experience, focusing on the work they are doing.  The first talk must be given within the first two weeks and is expected to describe/outline their project.  The second talk should be given at the end of their internship and is expected to describe their results/findings.  Potential opportunities in bioinformatics and personalized genomic medicine are described below. 

    IIHG Bioinformatics Division

    The IIHG Bioinformatics Division provides several services to the scientific community including exome re-sequencing, expression studies and other analyses such as CHIP-seq and methyl-seq.  All of these analyses capitalize on data output from high throughput sequencing. Our group helps investigators move from the initial ‘sequence-read data’ to answer important questions of biological significance. The scope of available projects range from straightforward expression analysis using commercial software to projects that are much more speculative.  For the more speculative projects, current best approaches are often not defined or are in a state of change. Work in our group offers a challenging mix of projects and analyses offering broad exposure to typical bioinformatics analysis.   

    Drew Kitchen

    The Kitchen Lab focuses on investigating the demographic history of human populations and the evolution of human infectious disease through the application of advanced computational genetic methods.  Students would have the opportunity to work on projects focusing on the last continent-wide event in human history, the peopling of the Americas, or understanding the evolutionary dynamics and origins of important human pathogens.  Critically, projects will provide opportunities for students to become familiar with the latest population genetic and phylogenetic techniques used today in a bioinformatics framework. 

    Center for Bioinformatics and Computational Biology (CBCB) 

    The UI Center for Bioinformatics and Computational Biology is engaged in a wide spectrum of activities aimed at interpreting 21st century genome assays in the context of human disease. The CBCB works in close collaboration with clinical researchers as well as molecular scientists and human geneticists to develop cause-and-effect relationships between a person’s genotype and their phenotype – i.e. linking the genes of a person to their disease trait(s) – utilizing state-of-the-art high performance computational and network resources, and the latest algorithms and techniques in machine learning classification, image processing, and database and large dataset searching. Students would work with faculty and staff engaged in data analysis and will have the opportunity to develop software in one of several programming languages. 


    Selected interns will receive a summer stipend of $2500. 


    To learn more about the IIHG Bioinformatics Summer Internship Program please go here.

    Please check back in mid-January 2014 for more information regarding the IIHG Summer Internship Programs.