Co-Director Genome Science Institute Position Opening

May 16th, 2017 in Recent News

Co-Director Genome Science Institute (wet-lab expertise required)


The GSI is seeking a BUMC faculty member to replace Dr. Kenneth Albrecht as GSI Co-Director. The GSI directors have represented a broad range of expertise in genetics and genomics including wet-lab genetics/ molecular biology or transgenic expertise, computational expertise, educational expertise, human genetics expertise, etc.  The Co-Director position that Dr. Albrecht held represented broad expertise in wet lab and transgenic model technologies and methodologies.  This position of Co-Director of the Genome Science Institute (GSI) is responsible for several important functions of the institute.


  1. Coordinating the GSI Seminar Series: This co-director is responsible for seeking input from the GSI faculty as well as to be personally aware of investigators doing cutting edge genetics and genomics research relevant to the GSI and broader BU faculty and students. The Co-Director will coordinate making the invitation to the prospective seminar speaker, arranging a date for the visit, coordinating with the GSI financial administrator the travel arrangements, seeking faculty and post-docs and students to meet with the visiting speaker, arranging and attending a dinner for the speaker with interested faculty and post-docs, supervising that the event is properly advertised, an appropriate lecture room is booked, and the individual’s honorarium and expenses are fully reimbursed and funded. In short, the full responsibility for the successful Seminar Series.  Commonly the GSI invites approximately 10 speakers over the academic year.


  1. Assisting with the Annual GSI Research Symposium: The Co-Director performs approximately 1/3 of the responsibilities in organizing the annual fall GSI Research Symposium.  This includes assisting with the coordination of establishing an appropriate date for the event, the circulation of announcements surrounding the invitation for students and Post-docs to submit abstracts for the event, participating in judging the abstracts to select those individuals who will be speakers at the event, assisting in identifying commercial sponsors for the event, communicating with those companies to solicit funding for the event, assisting in deciding what food should be ordered, assisting in the supervision of the set up for the Hiebert Lounge and for the disassembly of the room (tables, food, poster boards, etc.).  In short, effort to put on a successful Annual Research Symposium.


  1. Assisting with the GSI Seed Grant Program: The Co-Director has a minor role in coordinating the GSI Seed Grant Program. This includes assisting with the creation of the Request for Proposals based upon the perceived potential benefit for funding specific Genetics and Genomics related initiatives at BU. In addition, the Co-Director assists in identifying faculty who are appropriate for judging the applications that are received as well as in participating in the judging of applications, and overseeing the distribution of funds to labs receiving awards.


  1. Assisting with the oversight and support of licensing of programs related to genetics and Genomics. The GSI currently sponsors the licensing of two programs for BU, Ingenuity Pathway Analysis, and “Globus System”.  The GSI Co-director assists in evaluating the utility of these programs and whether these licenses should be continued or not.


  1. Workshops in Genetics/Genomics technologies: The “wet-lab” co-director is responsible for identifying specific areas of expertise that BU faculty, post-docs and students may be in need of additional training.  For example in the past Dr. Albrecht coordinated two workshops in RNA-sequencing where 24 individual labs brought RNA samples for QC, sample prep, sequencing and sequence analysis with the goal of training members of the BU community in this technology.


  1. Graduate Program in Genetics and Genomics (GPGG): The GSI Co-director participates in supporting the GPGG and in seeking to enhance the educational experience of the GPGG students and in supporting the faculty who teach these students.


  1. Administrative Duties: The Co-Director attends a weekly one-hour meeting of the GSI directors with the GSI financial administrator to coordinate the ongoing activities of the GSI.  The Co-Director assists in evaluating the effectiveness of the use of funds provided to the GSI and to seek to enhance the capabilities of the research and educational mission of the GSI in promoting and facilitating research and education in genetics and genomics at Boston University.



Compensation:   The GSI Co-Director receives 10% salary support from the Dean’s office.

GSI/Biochemistry Faculty Search

January 11th, 2017 in Recent News

Schedule of Faculty Candidate Visits

12:00 – 1:00 pm in K-103


Date Name Title
Thurs., Oct. 20 Bluma Lesch, M.D. and Ph.D.Postdoctoral Fellow, David Page’s Lab Whitehead Institute, MIT “Evolution and developmental control of epigenetic poising in the animal germ line”
Thurs., Nov. 17 Christian Froekjaer Jensen, Ph.D.Visiting Scientist, Andrew Fire’s Lab Departments of Pathology and GeneticsStanford University “A pervasive, non-coding DNA “watermark” prevents epigenetic silencing in C. elegans”
Thurs., Dec. 8 Nelson Lau, Ph.D.Assistant Professor, Department of BiologyBrandeis University “Shaping animal genomes by transposon landscapes and the Piwi/piRNA pathway”
Thurs., Dec. 15 Adam Norris, Ph.D.Postdoctoral Fellow, John Calarco’s LabFAS Center for Systems Biology

Harvard University

“Combinatorics of RNA binding proteins: roles in neuronal diversity and organismal health”
Tues., Dec. 20 Anastasios Vourekas, Ph.D.Research Associate, Zissimos Mourelatos’ LabDept. of Pathology and Laboratory Medicine

University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine

“Catching RNA binding proteins in the act: Piwi ribonucleoproteins and germline development”
Thurs., Jan. 5 Bryce Carey, Ph.D.Postdoctoral Fellow, C. David Allis’ LabChromatin Biology and Epigenetics

Rockefeller University

“Integrating metabolism and chromatin biology in the regulation of stem cell identity”
Thurs., Jan. 12 Pedro Pereira da Rocha, Ph.D.Postdoctoral Fellow, Jane Skok’s LabDepartment of Pathology

New York University School of Medicine

“Keeping the house in order: The role of nuclear organization in maintaining genome stability, somatic recombination and gene regulation”
Thurs., Jan. 19 Athma Pai, Ph.D.Postdoctoral Fellow, Christopher Burge’s LabDepartment of Biology

Massachusetts Institute of Technology

“Exploring the dynamics of mRNA splicing”
Wed., Jan. 25 Sihem Cheloufi, Ph.D.Postdoctoral Fellow, Konrad Hochedlinger’s LabDepartment of Molecular Biology

Massachusetts General Hospital

and Harvard University


“Epigenetic plasticity during cell fate transitions”
Thurs., Feb. 2 Elizabeth Kass, Ph.D.Postdoctoral Fellow, Maria Jasin’s LabMemorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center “Effect of Tissue-Specific and Genetic Changes on Homology-Directed Repair in the Mouse Mammary Gland”
Wed., Feb. 8 Chao Lu, Ph.D.Research Associate, C. David Allis’ LabChromatin Biology and Epigenetics

Rockefeller University

“Chromatin dysregulation as driver of oncogenesis”


Call for Abstracts: 2015 GSI Research Symposium

October 20th, 2015 in Recent News

The Annual GSI Research Symposium is an interdisciplinary symposium emphasizing research in Genetics and Genomics. Participation in the poster session and attendance at the GSI Symposium is open to all Boston area researchers with interests that emphasize these disciplines. Abstracts will be selected for oral presentation distinction and additional prizes will be awarded for the best posters in multiple categories. Participation in the oral presentations and poster prizes are open to all undergraduate students, graduate students in MA, MSc, DSc, PhD, MD, MPH and MD/PhD programs, and postdoctoral fellows. Please be aware that students may submit a maximum of one abstract.

There will be three categories for participants. To submit an abstract, please fill out the online Submission Form no later that October 27th, 2015.

For more information about the Research Symposium, please visit its informational website here.

Faculty Search in Genetics & Genomics

September 11th, 2015 in Recent News

The Department of Biochemistry, in collaboration with the Genome Science Institute at Boston University School of Medicine, is undertaking a major expansion in the areas of Genetics and Genomics. We invite applications at the Assistant, Associate, and Full Professor levels from highly qualified individuals working in these areas. Several positions are available, and these will be highly competitive with regard to start-up funds, newly renovated space, and salary.

We seek creative scientists using cutting-edge technologies and experimental systems to address important problems in Genetics and Genomics.  Areas of interest include, but are not limited to, chromatin structure and function, epigenetics/epigenomics, regulatory mechanisms of gene expression, DNA damage and repair, stem cells and development, and cancer genomics. The position requires a Ph.D. or M.D., and relevant postdoctoral experience.

Letters of recommendation should be provided only if requested by the Search Committee.

Applications will be reviewed beginning November 15th, 2015, and continuing until the positions are filled. Please direct email queries to

To apply, please visit the full job listing at Academic Jobs Online.

Boston University is an equal opportunity and affirmative action employer.

Winners of the 2014 Research Symposium

November 7th, 2014 in Recent News

The Genome Science Institute is pleased to present the winners of the 2014 Annual Research Symposium:

Oral Presenters:

Cody Desjardins, Graduate School of Arts and Sciences, BU CRC
Dissecting the distinct regulatory roles of the MEF2 transcription factors in muscle

Dana Lau Corona, Graduate Program in Genetics and Genomics, BUSM
Epigenetic regulation of growth hormone-responsive sex-biased genes in mouse liver

Charina Ortega, Undergraduate College of Engineering, BU CRC
Mining CK2 in Cancer

Akshaya Ramesh, Graduate Program in Genetics and Genomics, BUSM
Macaque immunogenetics through de-novo genome assemblies

Liye Zhang, Ph.D., Computational Biomedicine, BUSM
ALK Regulates Metastasis in Lung Cancer through splicing factor ESRP1/2


Poster Presentation Winners:

Jeanette ConnerneyGrowth Hormone Pulse-Dependent Chromatin Accessibility in Male Mouse Liver

Andrew HossmiR-10b-5p expression in Huntington’s disease brain relates to age of onset and the extent of striatal involvement

Amira HusseinA Bayesian Approach to Assess the Tanscriptome of Bone Aging and the Role of the Brd2 Gene in the Regulation of Sex Linked Bone Loss

Sarah KleinsorgeThe Role of Cell Polarity in the Organization of Follicle Cells During the Engulfment of Dying Germ Cells

Elizabeth MosesMolecular impact of electronic cigarette exposure on airway epithelium

Hila Milo RasoulyLoss of Zeb2 Causes Glomerulocystic Kidney Disease in Mice

Neema YazdaniTranscriptome analysis and gene targeting of a QTL influencing methamphetamine sensitivity


Congratulations to all of our winners!

2014 Research Symposium

August 15th, 2014 in Recent News

Save the Date!

The Genome Science Institute 2014 Annual Research Symposium will be Wednesday, November 5, 2014 in the Hiebert Lounge from 12-5 PM.
Poster Session: Poster presentations are open to all Boston area researchers including undergraduate students, graduate students, postdoctoral fellows and faculty.
Oral Presentations: Presenters will be invited from abstracts submitted by undergraduate and graduate students, and postdoctoral fellows.
Awards: Prizes will be given for top student and postdoctoral posters and presentations.
Genetics and Genomics Graduate Studies at BU: Representatives from BU graduate programs that provide training in Genetics and Genomics will be available.

Vendor Tables: Representatives from companies providing Genetics and Genomics related products and services will present their latest technology.

Additional information, including how to submit an abstract, will be available here.

Contact with questions

We look forward to seeing you on November 5!

Introduction to the Globus Genomics GSI Site License

July 21st, 2014 in Recent News

On July 24th, the Genome Science Institute is hosting a seminar to introduce the new Globus Genomics site license. Globus Genomics is a computing platform for next generation sequencing data analysis and management. This seminar will introduce the functionality of this resource and provide details on the scope of the license and how to access it.


The seminar is being held in L311 in the Instructional Building from 11AM-12:30PM.


A copy of the flyer is available here.

Sixth Annual Genome Science Institute Seed Grant Award Recipients

May 21st, 2014 in Recent News

The BUMC Genome Science Institute (GSI), established in 2008, fosters collaboration and serves as a resource for Boston University investigators engaged in genetics and genomics research and education. The GSI is pleased to announce the recipients of the sixth annual GSI Seed Grant Award.

Of nine applications, the following recipients were selected following peer review of the proposals.


1. “Epigenetic Variation in Opioid-Exposed Mother-Infant Dyads”

Elisha Wachman, PhD

Boston University School of Medicine

Department of Pediatrics


Alice M. Wang, PhD

Boston University School of Medicine

Department of Pediatrics


Kelley Saia, PhD

Boston University School of Medicine

Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology


2. “Epigenetic Prediction of Insulin Resistance”

Barbara S. Nikolajczyk, PhD

Boston University School of Medicine

Departments of Medicine and Microbiology


Maria I. Ramirez, PhD

Boston University School of Medicine

Department of Medicine and Department of Pathology and Laboratory


3. “Role of the NCoR corepressor complex in the development of insulin resistance”

Valentina Perissi, PhD

Boston University

Department of Biochemistry


Stefano Monti, PhD

Boston University

School of Public Health

Department of Biostatistics


GSI Seed grants are intended to support:

The expansion of research at Boston University by supporting new collaborations between groups with diverse expertise to address an important scientific question in genetics and genomics research.

Development of new and emerging areas of genetics and genomics research.

The GSI Seed Grant Committee and GSI Directors thank the applicants and reviewers who participated in this process and look forward to continued growth in genetics and genomics research at Boston University.

Please contact the GSI at with questions or with your ideas on how the GSI can better facilitate or develop genetics and genomics research at BU.

RNA-seq data analysis workshop scheduled for April 28th

April 16th, 2014 in Recent News

Please click here to go to the workshop webpage.

Registration for the RNA-seq hands-on workshop is closed

December 2nd, 2013 in Recent News

Please click here to go to the workshop webpage.