• F.I.R.E.

    Fostering the Integration of Research and Undergraduate

    At the University Of Toledo, coordinated by Dr. John Gray F.I.R.E. seeks to provide undergrade students with additional research opertunities. F.I.R.E. was initiated as part of NSF-funded project DBI-0701405

  • SiGuE

    Success In GradUate Education

    This program is directed by Drs. Andrea I. Doseff and Erich Grotewold at The Ohio State University. The goal of the SiGuE program is to increase the number and competitiveness of PhD graduates who are from historically underrepresented groups in the biosciences. To accomplish this goal, SiGuE provides a six to twelve months of laboratory research experience to enhance professional skills and preparation for graduate education of post-baccalaureate students. SiGuE fellows receive a stipend and perform research side-by-side with a mentor at the bench in plant genomics project.

    Sigue Fellows

    • Mr. Gilbert Kayanja
    • Ms. Miriam Mills


  • Practical Summer Workshop in Functional Genomics

    This workshop, already offered in 2005, 2010, and 2012 has been lead by Dr. Erich Grotewold, and provides a unique combination of daily lectures by prominent experts in the fields of genomics, RNA expression analysis and proteomics, with hands-on laboratory experience, followed by bioinformatics sessions, aimed towards solving cutting edge problems in the respective areas. The next Practical Summer Workshop in Functional Genomics will be in 2014. See http://caps.osu.edu/2014-practical-summer-workshop-functional-genomics for more details.

  • First UPRM-OSU/UT Workshop in Plant Molecular Biology (2013)

    This hands on workshop organized by Dr. Erich Grotewold in collaboration with Drs. Andrea Doseff and Dr. John Gray at The University of Puerto Rico Mayagüez (UPRM) had as a goal to teach the newest biological and computational approaches for genome analyses. It consisted of two sessions, the first one was instructed by Dr. Keith Slotkin (The Ohio State University), focused on training undergraduate students in the latest techniques for extraction and analysis of small RNA.

    The second session was focused in Gateway cloning techniques and computation biology was conducted by Dr. John Gray (University of Toledo). The twenty attendees included graduate students, post-docs and faculty members from several regional universities in Puerto Rico. Mr. Jeffrey Campbell an undergraduate and Systems Specialist in OSU's Center for Applied Plant Sciences (CAPS) Computional Biology Labaratory (CCBL), and Andrea McCue a Molecular Genetics graduate student assisted in the practicum. In addition to providing exposure to state-of the art techniques in genome-wide analyses the workshop served to compare cultures of research between Puerto Rico and the continental US.

Research and Education Training of Undergraduate Students

More than 10 undergraduate students in the areas of biology, microbiology, molecular genetics and computer sciences participated in several areas of genomics.

The students were trained in cloning, yeast biology and genome-wide analyses. In addition, students attended the "Genome Atlas Journal Clubs" informal presentations lead by Dr. Andrea I Doseff and poctdoc Dr. Wei Li. This gatherings presented a unique training opportunity to link the classroom teaching experience with the experimental experience.