Computational Biology Internships-Department of Biological Sciences - Carnegie Mellon University

Wednesday, October 14, 2009

Computational Biology Internships

Internships can create a competitive edge in the job market, assist in career exploration, and provide key networking opportunities. In today’s challenging economic climate, the benefits of an internship are paramount. To provide its students with pertinent information about the internship process, the Department of Biological Sciences hosted a computational biology internship information session and panel on October 13.

The six-member panel comprised second-year M.S. in Computational Biology students, who shared stories about their summer internship experiences to first-year M.S. students.

  • As an ExtremeBlue Technical Intern at IBM, Shannon Quinn worked on expanding the corporate file sharing solution in the Quickr product suite. In particular, the project focused on bringing file sharing support to mobile devices and utilizing the strengths of the mobile user experience to improve the application.
  • Katie D’Aco interned at Pittsburgh’s Center for Genomic Sciences, where she managed large datasets of patient information and genotypes from a medical study in preparation for family-based association tests. She also wrote scripts for processing micro-array data.
  • Rohini Sinha served as a Software Developer at Harvard University’s Dana-Farber Cancer Institute. Her project centered on the Bayesian network building toolbox for MeV, software used to analyze biological data with various machine-learning algorithms.
  • Shreedharan Sriram was a Graduate Research Associate at Merck & Co., where he used deep sequencing data to discover Novel PolyA sites in vertebrate genomes. In particular, he developed computational pipelines to identify loci of expressed regions in the genome that are novel or alternative in nature.
  • Irtisha Singh interned at the J. Craig Venter Institute as a Bioinformatics Analyst, where she performed a functional annotation of a parasitic ciliate.
  • Senthilkumar Muthiah was a Research Assistant in the laboratory of Dr. Russell Schwartz, Carnegie Mellon University, where he worked on a simulation study of the self-assembly of virus capsids.

Other second-year M.S. students also interned at Immunetrics, Inc., the National Chiao Tung University and Dow Agrosciences.

The internship panel is just one of the many initiatives organized by the Department of Biological Sciences to enhance the education of its graduate students. Other initiatives include workshops on resume and cover letter preparation, presentation skills, and proposal writing.

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