Guam- A visiting expert from the world renowned Jackson Laboratory is here on island conducting a 4 day workshop at the University of Guam (UOG).
Education Programs Director Dr. Randy Von Smith says he was invited back to the island for a second time to teach students the latest methods with Computational Biology and Scientific Presentation. in particular, smith zeroes in on methods for observing regions of chromosomes in mice that correlate strongly with diseases such as diabetes or glaucoma. he says by examining these methods in guam or the mainland, they hope to develop future treatments for these diseases.
“We taught them how to use the software to do the statistical analysis” said Smith. “We taught them how to reproduce some of the current and recent literature and on Tuesday, they’re going to give a seminar of the work that they did reproducing some of the recent literature from Jackson Laboratory.”
Dr. Smith adds he is impressed with the quality of students that Guam produces. He hopes to see UOG students apply and attend The Jackson Laboratory’s prestigious summer student program located in Maine. The deadline to submit applications is February 2.