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October PSTP - Biology, Bioinformatics, and Big Data

UAB Center for Clinical and Translational Science (CCTS)

Thursday, October 10, 2013 from 8:00 AM to 9:30 AM (CDT)

October PSTP - Biology, Bioinformatics, and Big Data

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October 10, 2013 from 8-9:30 in West Pavilion, Room E


Biology, Bioinformatics, and Big Data: Trying to survive in the trenches

Presented by


Elliot J. Lefkowitz, Ph.D. Professor of Microbiology

 Director, CCTS Biomedical Informatics

Disclosures: None


Goal:  To understand the generation, analysis, and application of next generation sequencing (NGS) data to support modern-day biomedical research.


Learning Objectives: Following this session, participants should be able to: 1. Appreciate the differences between hypothesis-driven and discovery-driven biomedical research;

2. Describe the recent revolution in sequencing technologies;

3. Understand the data generated by NGS and the challenges in managing that data;

4. Describe some of the approaches used to analyze NGS data; and

5. Provide specific examples of the use of NGS technology to support biological discovery.


The PSTP is designed to provide practical assistance in the areas of scientific writing (such as the development of grants and scientific manuscripts), scientific presentations, career development, and leadership. Developed and sponsored by the Center for Clinical and Translational Science (CCTS), the target audience of the PSTP is all faculty, staff, trainees and students interested in expanding their professional skills in the stated areas. Seminars are held monthly on the second Thursday from 8:00 to 9:30 a.m. in West Pavilion Room E.

The University of Alabama School of Medicine is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education to provide continuing medical education for physicians. The University of Alabama, School of Medicine designates this Regularly Scheduled Series for a maximum of 1 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit(s)TM.Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.

UAB is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer committed to fostering a diverse, equitable and family-friendly environment in which all faculty and staff can excel and achieve work/life balance irrespective of ethnicity, gender, faith, gender identify and expression as well as sexual orientation. UAB also encourages applications from individuals with disabilities and veterans.


There is no commercial support for this activity.

Have questions about October PSTP - Biology, Bioinformatics, and Big Data? Contact UAB Center for Clinical and Translational Science (CCTS)

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West Pavilion, Room E

Thursday, October 10, 2013 from 8:00 AM to 9:30 AM (CDT)

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UAB Center for Clinical and Translational Science (CCTS)

The UAB Center for Clinical and Translational Science (CCTS) accelerates research for improved human health.  Led by Robert P. Kimberly, MD, Associate Dean for Biomedical Research, CCTS funding is provided by the NIH National Center for Advancing Translational Sciences grant UL1 TR000165. 

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2013-09-19 12:34:56

We designed the Professional Skills Training Program (PSTP) to teach practical, professional skills needed for biomedical research.  Open to all learners, the PSTP content includes grant writing (how to plan and write research, career development, and fellowship applications); sharing research findings (writing abstracts and manuscripts, and giving scientific presentations); plus important skills such as leadership, mentoring and creativity.  We will provide new topics as needed - contact us with your ideas. 

On November 14, 2013, Dr. Lisa Schwiebert, Associate Dean for Postdoctoral Education and Associate Professor in the Department of Cell, Developmental and Integrative Biology, will share how to revise and respond to critiques. The goal of this session is to develop practical skills for reviewing and revising grant applications. Information will include identifying common mistakes in grant writing, draft review and revision, the NIH review process, and responding to pink sheets.


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