Outreach and Training
The Outreach and Training components of the Fluomics Program will be administered by Dr. Sumit Chanda of SBP. Significant efforts will be directed towards educating scientists on the application of systems-based approaches to the study of infectious disease. Importantly, we will leverage existing, well-developed infrastructure, advertising channels/mailing lists and other resources to facilitate these efforts. Dr. Chanda will lead an Outreach committee that is comprised of Center PIs, which, in conjunction with feedback from the SAB/Steering committee, will ensure that the training program a specific focus on infectious disease research.
Annual Symposium on the Systems Biology of Host-Pathogen Interactions. We will organize a day-long annual symposium to highlight recent advances and breakthroughs in the field of systems research of infectious disease. We will draw speakers from Fluomics and other funded U19 programs, as well as experts from regional, national and international academic institutions and industry leaders. Topics will include computational biology, mathematical modeling and OMICs technologies as they apply to the fields of immunology, virology, vaccinology and bacteriology. Travel awards will be made available to qualified applicants from outside the Southern California region to attend this event.
Workshop Series.Fluomics will help sponsor and organize a series of best-practices Workshops in the field of infectious disease research. These workshops will be led by PIs or senior post-docs from labs that use or have developed leading edge technologies or analysis strategies for system biology. The Workshops will provide students with opportunities to interface with leading experts and provide hands-on training and practical advice in the application of these tools. Two to four Workshops will be held each year, and travel awards will be provided for qualified applicants outside the San Diego area for the Workshops and/or the Symposium.
FluOMICS Embed Program.A program was developed for junior level investigators to participate in a ‘mini-sabbatical’ in one of the high-throughput technology or modeling labs in the Fluomics program. The Embed program consists of a 4-week immersion in a systems-based lab for a scientist primarily involved in ‘wet bench’ basic research in infectious disease. This program enables the investigator to experience first-hand the processes involved in generating and analyzing high-throughput OMICs data, and understand potential caveats and pitfalls of the approach. The goal of the Embed program is to enable the investigator to gain a practical knowledge of the potential for applying systems-based methodologies to his/her research, and establish a feasible path for its application. The Center will sponsor 1-2 qualified Embed Investigator per year, and will administer funding to cover travel, short-term housing, and living expenses.