Hands-on Workshops as An Effective Means of Learning Advanced Technologies Including Genomics, Proteomics and Bioinformatics

Nichole Reisdorph, Robert Stearman, Katerina Kechris, Tzu Lip Phang, Richard Reisdorph, Jessica Prenni, David J. Erle, Christopher Coldren, Kevin Schey, Alexey Nesvizhskii, Mark Geraci

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Genomics and proteomics have emerged as key technologies in biomedical research, resulting in a surge of interest in training by investigators keen to incorporate these technologies into their research. At least two types of training can be envisioned in order to produce meaningful results, quality publications and successful grant applications: (1) immediate short-term training workshops and (2) long-term graduate education or visiting scientist programs. We aimed to fill the former need by providing a comprehensive hands-on training course in genomics, proteomics and informatics in a coherent, experimentally-based framework. This was accomplished through a National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute (NHLBI)-sponsored 10-day Genomics and Proteomics Hands-on Workshop held at National Jewish Health (NJH) and the University of Colorado School of Medicine (UCD). The course content included comprehensive lectures and laboratories in mass spectrometry and genomics technologies, extensive hands-on experience with instrumentation and software, video demonstrations, optional workshops, online sessions, invited keynote speakers, and local and national guest faculty. Here we describe the detailed curriculum and present the results of short- and long-term evaluations from course attendees. Our educational program consistently received positive reviews from participants and had a substantial impact on grant writing and review, manuscript submissions and publications.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)368-377
Number of pages10
JournalGenomics, Proteomics and Bioinformatics
Issue number6
StatePublished - Dec 1 2013
Externally publishedYes


  • Bioinformatics
  • Genomics
  • Hands-on
  • Mass spectrometry
  • Proteomics
  • Workshops

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Biochemistry
  • Molecular Biology
  • Genetics
  • Computational Mathematics

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