University of Nebraska Medical Center

Developing Experts in Computation, Omics and Data Exploration Training Program

Faculty member explains to student researcher what data on a computer screen means

In today's fast-paced world of biomedical research, the ability to harness and interpret vast amounts of data is paramount. 

The Developing Experts in Computation, Omics and Data Exploration training program offers a unique blend of academic courses and industry-inspired training to prepare students as future leaders in biomedical research.

DECODE is designed for both the novice and the experienced; it is valuable whether you are interested in a career in bioinformatics or learning how to use bioinformatics as a pivotal tool in your laboratory research. On top of your degree training requirements, you'll receive basic and advanced training in genetics, genomics and bioinformatics.

The heart of the program is a team project, which includes small group training with a high faculty-to-student ratio and peer advisors. At the end of the team project, you'll have tangible products (e.g., data analysis, software development or educational modules) that result in publications, presentations and other recognition.

The program trains four graduate students a year, who receive support from an institutional T32 training grant funded by the National Institute of General Medical Sciences.

In an era where big data reigns supreme, the ability to critically analyze and interpret complex networks of information is a skill that sets you apart in biomedical research. Excel in academia, industry and beyond with DECODE.

Training Program Directors

Associate Professor, Department of Genetics, Cell Biology and Anatomy


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Professor, Department of Genetics, Cell Biology and Anatomy
Chief Bioinformatics and Research Computing Officer
Director, Bioinformatics and Systems Biology Core


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Faculty Mentors

Our faculty come from all areas within the Interdisciplinary Graduate Program in Biomedical Sciences. Altogether, there are more than 200 IGPBS faculty representing more than 90% of UNMC's research laboratories, as well as faculty from the University of Nebraska Omaha.

View the complete list of IGPBS faculty.