Bioinformatics involves using mathematics, computer science, and biological big data to produce biomedical breakthroughs like genetic tests for ancestry and family disorders, targeted cancer therapies, and even the COVID mRNA vaccine.
Unfortunately, for most people around the world, formal bioinformatics education, mentorship, and research opportunities are scarce, expensive, and (often) poor quality.
To address this problem, we created the Bioinformatics Research Network (BRN): an open-access bioinformatics training program that provides high-quality training, mentorship, and project opportunities at no-cost (learn more here).
Since 2021, we have piloted our program with dozens of trainees from around the world. Now, we are ready to expand and train hundreds (and eventually thousands) more -- but we need your help.
*The Bioinformatics Research Network is a registered 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization. Our Employer Identification Number (EIN) is 87-2507355. Donations are collected online via donorbox or via checks delivered to the address listed below. All donations are tax-deductible in the US.
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The goal of this campaign is to fund the official launch of BRN in 2023. With $10k USD, we can...
Launch a new one-on-one mentorship program
Launch our educational YouTube series (Bioinformed)
Build our web and social media presence to attract more mentors, project opportunities, and trainees
Launch a new skill certification platform
Support another 50 projects & 200 trainees by 2024
But we need your help to achieve this goal. Please consider donating what you can and encouraging others to do likewise.
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To donate by mail, please make a check out to "Bioinformatics Research Network, INC" with the note "Launch Campaign".
PO Box 1022
Fair Lawn, NJ 07410, United States
In the last year, our community has taken off, our trainees completed a wide array of research projects (four of which have now been published in leading journals), and many of them have begun their bioinformatics careers in academia and industry.
With your support, we can expand our program to support hundreds and (eventually) thousands of trainees.
Learn more about our impact in the sections below.
BRN by the numbers (2021 - )
Members of the BRN Slack Community
Trainees who obtained jobs, internships, or graduate positions after joining the program
Countries Represented by BRN community members
Projects completed since 2021
Trainees who have completed BRN skill certifications and/or projects
Publications / preprints from BRN projects
Joining BRN felt like opening up new doors to a space that previously felt gated and inaccessible. It’s a great place to learn what you need to learn, upskill in the direction you want, and also get access to opportunities that are usually hard to access, like collaborating with academic institutions on real projects.
Sydney, New South Wales, Australia
R-loops and the Aging Epigenome project team (2021)
lncRNA expression in NAFLD project team (2022)
Former: Self-taught student / freelancer
Current: Bioinformatician, Longaevus Technologies
Since day one, BRN policies centred around the awareness of individual growth in science bring a lot to the community. BRN offers an opportunity to draw a personalized roadmap for a scientific career, by overcoming inequality. Regardless of the level and the degree one holds, BRN is and always will be, the place where science and open scientific communication are accessible everywhere at any time.
İrem B. Gündüz
Saarbrücken, Saarland, Germany (former: Istanbul, Turkey)
The Loop-ome project team (2021)
Former: Undergraduate, Marmara University
Current: PhD Student, Saarland University
Joining the BRN has been one of the best professional decisions I've made. The trainings are high quality and the project work is rewarding. The experience I gained has been so valuable for my career trajectory. The community is very supportive, and anyone looking to grow their bioinformatics skills should definitely join.
Red Deer, Alberta, Canada
R-loops and Splicing project team (2021)
Former: Master's student, John's Hopkins
Current: Bioinformatics Programmer, Emmes
Project publications & preprints
BRN Projects provide trainees with the opportunity for real-world, mentored research projects. In many cases, these projects result in a publication with BRN trainees as co-authors. Since 2021, BRN projects have resulted in 5 publications or pre-prints with 9 BRN trainees as co-authors. These works are highlighted below: