URSA Engage Program 2013
Position Descriptions for Students to Apply For


Faculty Name & Department/School: Dr. Massimo Bionaz / Department of Animal and Rangeland Sciences


Research Project Title: Development of the Dynamic Impact Approach, a web-interface bioinformatics tool for functional analysis of transcriptomics and proteomics datasets


Project Overview: 

The Dynamic Impact Approach (DIA) is a novel tool for the functional analysis of transcriptomics and proteomics datasets. It uses freely available annotation databases (e.g., Gene Ontology, KEGG) and it has been built for bovine, mouse, and human; however, annotation database for any species can be used. It was explicitly developed for analysis of transcriptomics data for time-course or multiple treatments experiments (see PLoS One. 2012;7(3):e32455). The DIA has the potential to be used for integrative system biology approaches considering multiple tissues/organs. The main purpose of the present project is the development of a web-interface tool based on the DIA.


What skills will students obtain in this project? 

The student must have an interest in computational science, biology, bioinformatics and genomics. The student will learn basics in applied bioinformatics for transcriptomics data analyses and will improve software development skills.


Student research tasks: 

The student will be developing the web-interface tool and improving the overall DIA tool.


Period of work - Spring and Fall


Number of hours per week expected of student:     10-15


Preferred Faculty Contact Information: Massimo Bionaz; massimo.bionaz@oregonstate.edu 541-737-9507

(note - applications are NOT sent to mentors - see instructions)


q Yes    x No:   Human Subjects 

q Yes    xNo:   Live Vertebrate Animals

q Yes    x  No:   Recombinant DNA Molecules Transgenic Plants or Animal, and/or Infectious Agents of Plants, Animals, or Humans

q Yes    x  No:   Ionizing Radiation

q Yes    x  No:   Chemical Carcinogens

q Yes    x  No:   Scuba Diving, Free Diving

q Yes    x  No:   Small Boating Operations


If you are interested in applying for this position, you MUST complete the student application HERE and email it to Dr. Kevin Ahern at ahernk@onid.orst.edu

Do NOT email your application to the faculty mentor.