New technologies such as DNA sequencing, fMRI imaging and high-throughput electrophysiological recording have led to the generation of very large data sets. However, in order to use these big data sets to improve scientific understanding and human health, there is a need for a new generation of scientists with interdisciplinary training that spans three areas: computer science, statistics, and biology. The BDGN Training Grant is an NIH funded program that provides predoctoral training for students engaged in big data research in genomics and neuroscience at the University of Washington. Trainees must be U.S. citizens or permanent residents.

The program draws students from seven PhD programs at the University of Washington: Applied Math, Biology, BiostatisticsComputer Science and Engineering, Genome Sciences, Neuroscience and Statistics.  Students enrolled in the program will