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Kailey Ferger, a senior Computational Biology major, has joined the lab where she will be working on analysis of microRNA expression data.

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Applications are invited for a postdoctoral position in the Department of Biostatistics and Computational Biology at the University of Rochester Medical Center under the supervision of Dr. Matthew N McCall. The postdoctoral associate will work as part of a collaborative team of Biostatisticians, Computational Biologists, and Biomedical Geneticists to advance our understanding of complex biological systems by developing and applying statistical methods that quantify both biological and technical sources of variation.

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Oleg Demus, a senior Computational Biology major, has joined the lab where he will be working to combine multiple publicly available RNA-seq data sets to address questions of tissue composition in atherosclerosis.

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The Department of Biostatistics and Computational Biology at the University of Rochester (UR) announces an opening for a postdoctoral traineeship in Environmental Health (EH) Biostatistics, funded by an NIEHS T32 training grant. The appointee will develop and apply novel statistical methodology for projects related to EH, under the mentorship of a Biostatistics faculty trainer (Drs. Sally W. Thurston, Matthew N. McCall, Brent Johnson, Tanzy Love, Michael McDermott, David Oakes, or Robert Strawderman).

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David Burton presented his poster entitled, Incorporating Uncertainty in a Ternary Gene Regulatory Network Model, at BioC2018.

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Yun Zhang successfully defended her thesis! She departs for a job at the J. Craig Venter Institute in sunny La Jolla, California: https://www.jcvi.org/

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Raymond Feng has been accepted to the Simons Summer Research Program at Stony Brook University, which gives academically talented, motivated high school students the opportunity to engage in hands-on research in science, math or engineering at Stony Brook University. Simons Fellows work with distinguished faculty mentors, learn laboratory techniques and tools, become part of active research teams, and experience life at a research university. You can read more about this program here: https://www.

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Valeriia Sherina has been awarded the William Jackson Hall Graduate Student Fellowship. This merit-based fellowship recognizes Statistics doctoral students whose academic record reflects the major cornerstones of Jack Hall’s distinguished career. Recipients have distinguished themselves through outstanding performance in coursework and qualifying exams, excellence in their service as a graduate student teaching assistant, and timely completion of a dissertation containing work judged to be of particular significance in both its methodological contribution and potential impact in applications.

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Congratulations to Valeriia Sherina who won an ENAR Distinguished Student Paper Award for the 2018 ENAR Spring Meeting in Atlanta, GA. The award recognizes her paper entitled, Statistical Approaches to Decreasing the Discrepancy of Non-detects in qPCR Data. You can read the preprint here: https://www.biorxiv.org/content/early/2017/12/08/231621

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Dr. Marc Halushka’s R01, Fine Dissection of Atherosclerosis Microenvironment RNA Expression, has been funded! The proposed research represents the first in-depth analysis of expression in human coronary atherosclerotic plaques to uncover cell-specific gene expression differences. The McCall Lab has received a subcontract to analyze transcriptomic data from the cell types present in an atherosclerotic plaque and assess the ability of mRNA- and miRNA-seq to distinguish between cell types. We will estimate the cellular composition of ~800 GTEx coronary artery samples.

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