Informatics is a foreign subject for many environmental health and toxicology researchers. However, it is essential in the era of the exposome and genomics data. We therefore provide a number of education and training opportunities for the community so that they can learn the essential background and skills necessary to use informatics effectively through their own efforts or through collaboration with EBIC.
We provide a monthly Bioinformatics Forum with local and outside speakers that are experts in bioinformatics for big data. Recent speakers in 2018 have covered topics such as omics data integration, machine learning, electronic health records, population genetics, pathway analysis, social media, mobile health, neuroinformatics, and functional genomics.
We provide multiple formats to train Penn faculty, staff and students. We lead a weekly bioinformatics group meeting for Penn bioinformaticians to share resources, expertise, experience from projects, and to review recent articles. For individuals with specific bioinformatics education or training needs, we also provide one-on-one tutoring service. We are tutoring multiple graduate students and postdocs for short term project support, specific bioinformatics topics or provide long-term bioinformatics consulting. In addition, we organize workshops to introduce our bioinformatics services, general bioinformatics resources, DNA sequencing data analysis, machine learning platforms, and data visualization methods, etc.
Dr. Moore in his role as Director of the Institute for Biomedical Informatics has launched two new informatics training programs. The first is a new Certificate Degree program that was launched in 2017 and consists of four courses in biomedical informatics, data science, databases, and special hot topics that covers machine learning and AI. The certificate courses form a core curriculum for a newly approved professional Masters degree program that launches in Fall of 2019. This Masters also includes courses covering precision medicine, data standards and vocabularies, human-computer interaction, and implementation science. Dr. Moore has also worked with the Master of Science in Translational Research program to add a bioinformatics track that includes several of the certificate courses. These education programs are available to all CEET investigators, students, and staff. The Bioinformatics training and formal education programs are optional components of our Environmental Health Scientist Support Program for Early Stage Investigators described in the Administrative Core.