The SIG Beat

News From and About the NIH Scientific Interest Groups

New SIG: Bioinformatics

The Bioinformatics Interest Group brings members of the intramural bioinformatics community together to interact and collaborate. With an emphasis on fundamental and specific bioinformatics concepts and methodologies, this group also provides novices with an opportunity to learn from and discuss career advice with experts in the field. Whether you are new to the field or a master, you’re welcome to join. Meetings occur four times a year, and each consists of two 30-minute talks in one of the bioinformatics areas—functional genomics, systems biology, bioimaging, or proteomics and structural modeling—and a social event. The talks focus on research methodology, including software development and usage, parameters, interoperability of datasets, and applicability to specific biological questions. The social event provides a venue for networking and discussion. The first meeting, which will be held on Wednesday, December 5, 4:30 to 6:00 p.m., will feature Hari Shroff (NIBIB), who will discuss high-speed and high-resolution imaging techniques, and Richa Agarwala (NCBI), who will talk about genomic data at NCBI. A social event in Bethesda follows. Locations TBA. For more information, join the LISTSERV at or contact Ben Busby at


Lecture Series, Thursdays, 1:00-2:00 p.m., Lipsett Amphitheater (Building 10) unless otherwise noted

December 13: “Developing Drugs to Treat Substance Use Disorders”; Phil Skolnick (NIDA)

January 10: TBA; Building 10 Rm. 2-C116; Gustavo Pacheco-Rodriguez (NHLBI)