The Making of Next Generation Data Scientists in Biomedicine


Lana Garmire, Shamim Nemati, John D Van Horn, Jason Moore, Carole Shreffler and Michelle Dunn

Workshop Overview

Biomedical research is rapidly becoming data-intensive as investigators are generating and using increasingly large, complex, multidimensional, and diverse datasets. The Big Data to Knowledge (BD2K) initiative was established to enable the biomedical research community to use the various types of Big Data for research. As a special program under BD2K, the objective of NIH Mentored Research Scientist Development Award (K01) is to support for intensive research career development under the guidance of an experienced mentor, or sponsor, in biomedical Big Data Science. The specific goals of our workshop are:

1)  to expose the PhD students and postdoc researcher to K award opportunities (it is never too early to start applying for NIH grants).

2)  to provide the current BD2K K01 awardees a platform to present their research progress and engage collaborations.

3)  to help guide the mentored scientist awardees to obtain competitive new research project grants (e.g., R01) in the area of Big Data science.


The long-term goal of this workshop is to continue to foster the growth and development of mentored data scientists among PSB attendees. This workshop is an excellent fit for several groups of PSB attendees, including current PhD students and postdocs (future K awardees), current K01 and early career awardees, and current middle career/senior investigators (K award mentors). This session will complement various recent tracks of the conference, including precision medicine, multi-omics integration, and novel methods to connect genotype-phenotype.