The Center for GeneBio is committed to training and nurturing the next-generation leaders in genetic epidemiology, translational epidemiology, genomic medicine, and precision health by providing interdisciplinary training and educational support to trainees working on research activities related to the Center’s mission and vision. Specifically, the Center will engage trainees in interactive discussions with investigators, physician scientists, public health practitioners, and community members through the following activities:

  1. Seminars or journal clubs: We will hold research seminars and/or journal clubs every month during the fall and spring of each year. The seminars will present and discuss research findings and allow the sharing of research experience between investigators and trainees. The journal club will present and discuss recent groundbreaking articles in the fields of genetic epidemiology, omics sciences (e.g., genetics, epigenetics, metabolomics, lipidomics, gut microbiome, etc.), translational research, population genomics, and precision health. The seminars and journal clubs will include students, fellows, clinicians, investigators, and community members from academic backgrounds both within and outside of genetic epidemiology and bioinformatics.
  2. Annual conference: We plan to hold an annual conference to present and discuss research findings, brainstorm new scientific ideas, and exchange research experience with trainees. We will invite both inside and outside speakers including some of the most prominent researchers in the fields of genetic epidemiology, population genetics, bioinformatics, translational research, genomic medicine, and precision health. The annual meeting will coordinate collaborative research and training activities among investigators, trainees and other partners. 
  3. Training and career development: We plan to apply for a T32 training grant focusing on training in translational epidemiology and omics data science for cardiometabolic diseases, cognitive aging, or Alzheimer’s disease. The Center will also engage and support trainees to apply for both internal (e.g., TL1 training program and KL2 career development grant) and external career development grants, such as the NIH career development grants (i.e., K-series), the NIH fellowship grants (i.e., F-series), the AHA pre-doctoral and post-doctoral fellowship, the AHA Scientist Development Grant, and the ADA new investigator award, etc. 
  4. Center training program: The training program will outline specific goals for the training and development of undergraduate students, graduate students, postdoctoral fellows, professional trainees, research staff, and interns from diverse academic backgrounds. The training program will set specific goals and expectations for our trainees, including attending seminars or journal clubs, contributing to different working groups, giving formal presentations, and writing research papers and proposals.