About the program

The goal of the NIGMS-sponsored Systems and Integrative Biology (SIB) Training Program is to educate an elite set of graduate students in the research approaches and competencies required for interdisciplinary basic and translational research. The program explores mechanisms of cellular and complex organ systems, how their disruption leads to disease, and how the integration of disciplinary approaches in basic and medical sciences can lead to new discoveries that impact human health. 

It is coordinated with the broader College of Medicine effort within our medical center to generate discoveries that improve people’s lives through innovation in education and research. Our objective is to provide predoctoral trainees with an interdisciplinary curriculum that maintains high standards of intellectual rigor, fosters creativity and passion for research, and provides research opportunities with selected faculty that cross traditional disciplinary boundaries. 

The SIB Program was designed as an integral component of the larger Biomedical Sciences Graduate Program, that provides high quality training opportunities to prepare our graduates for successful careers in biomedical research. Coursework in analytics, workshops in team–building and communications skills, seminars, grant writing, training in the responsible conduct of research, and focus in two or more of eleven areas-of-research emphasis with vetted faculty members are the mechanisms by which the SIB Program provides collaborative and interdisciplinary training opportunities. 

The SIB Program faculty lead biomedical science research teams who are committed to student education and training, and who embrace the vision of diversity and cooperation in our academic research community. In summary, the SIB Program will impart the interdisciplinary knowledge and skills to enable trainees to embrace our research mission and position themselves as leaders in a wide range of biomedical science careers.

Our SIB Trainees

The SIB training program provides support and encouragement for selected Biomedical Sciences students to explore the opportunities available for bridging traditional avenues of research when developing their dissertation project. Using this approach, our outcome is to produce trainees who possess the knowledge and skills to achieve our mission and position themselves for leadership positions in a wide range of biomedical science career opportunities, including those in academia, government, biotechnology, the pharmaceutical industry, science policy, science communications and science administration. In addition, the enriched training activities initially designed for SIB trainees have served as a major driving innovative force for the Biomedical Sciences Graduate Program overall.

 
Hear from our students in the SIB training program

Recent SIB Trainees

Jessica Brown
2019-2020 Recipient, Pacific Lutheran
(advised by: Purnima Dubey)
Areas of Research Focus: Immunology; Microbial Pathogenesis; Molecular Basis of Disease

Erin Connors
2019-2020 Recipient, Drew University
(advised by: Brian Ahmer)
Areas of Research Focus: Computational Biology & Bioinformatics; Microbial Pathogenesis; Molecular Basis of Disease

Miranda Montgomery
2019-2020 Recipient, University of California San Diego
(advised by: Monica Venere)
Areas of Research Focus: Cancer Biology; Neurological & Neuromuscular Disorders; Translational Research

Greg Nagy
2019-2020 Recipient, The Ohio State University
(advised by: Jeffrey Parvin)
Areas of Research Focus: Cancer Biology; Genetics & Genomics; Molecular Basis of Disease

Janek Walker
2018-2019, 2019-2020 Recipient, University of Wisconsin-La Crosse
(advised by: Rosa Lapalombella)Areas of Research Focus: Cancer Biology; Experimental Therapeutics; Translational Research

Esko Kautto
2018-2019, 2019-2020 Recipient, The Ohio State University (advised by: Richard Wilson and James Blachly)
Areas of Research Focus: Cancer Biology; Experimental Therapeutics; Translational Research

Fiona Brown
2018-2019, 2019-2020 Recipient, University of Washington
(advised by: Robert Baiocchi and Rosa Lapalombella)
Areas of Research Focus: Cancer Biology; Experimental Therapeutics; Translational Research

Cameron Best
2018-2019 Recipient, Yale University
(advised by: Christopher Breuer)
Areas of Research Focus: Cellular and Molecular Physiology; Molecular Basis of Disease; Translational Research

Adam Kenney
2017-2018 and 2018-2019 Recipient, West Liberty State College
(advised by: Jacob Yount)
Areas of Research Focus: Immunology; Microbial Pathogenesis

Russell Bonneville
2017-2018 and 2018-2019 Recipient, The Ohio State University
(advised by: Sameek Roychowdhury)
Areas of Research Focus: Cancer Biology; Translational Research; Computational Biology and Bioinformatics

Megan Boone
2017-2018 and 2018-2019 Recipient, West Virginia Wesleyan University
(advised by: Stephen Lessnick)
Areas of Research Focus: Cancer Biology; Genetics and Genomics; Experimental Therapeutics

Andy Patt
2017-2018 and 2018-2019 Recipient, SUNY Geneseo
(advised by: Ewy Mathe)
Areas of Research Focus: Computational Biology and Bioinformatics; Molecular Basis of Disease

Matthew Cannon
2016-2017 and 2017-2018 Recipient, The Ohio State University
(advised by: Rosa Lapalombella and John Byrd)
Areas of Research Focus: Experimental Therapeutics; Computational Biology and Bioinformatics

Brandon Murphy
2016-2017 and 2017-2018 Recipient, Indiana University
(advised by: Christin Burd and Michael Freitas)
Areas of Research Focus: Cancer Biology; Genetics and Genomics

Jennifer Petrosino
2016-2017 and 2017-2018 Recipient, University of Miami
(advised by: Federica Accornero and Denis Guttridge)
Areas of Research Focus: Cellular and Molecular Physiology; Computational Biology and Bioinformatics

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