Grace Matsuura

Mar 062023

We are excited to announce that the registration for the 2023 Annual Biomedical Science & Health Disparities Symposium is now OPEN! The symposium will occur April 20 – 21, 2023, both virtually and in-person. 

Event Description: The Annual Biomedical Sciences & Health Disparities Symposium attracts some of the top health science research and ideas from throughout academia in Hawaii. Medical Students, Residents, Medical Fellows, Graduate Students, Post-Doctoral Fellows and Undergraduates are invited to present their work. Research Associates and Faculty are encouraged to attend. The Symposium will have both virtual and live components this year. Friends and family may attend the online event. The live, in-person poster sessions will be closed to the general public.

Day 1 : April 20, 2023 (Mixed Format)

  • Graduate Students, Post-Doctoral Researchers (In-Person posters in Sullivan Center)
  • Medical Students, Residents, and Medical Fellows (5 min Powerpoint presentations via Zoom)
  • Keynote Seminar (In MEB 315 at 12:00 – 1:00 PM, also available via Zoom)

Day 2 : April 21, 2023 (In-Person)

  • INBRE Student Research Experience (SRE) Students
  • Undergraduate Students, Community College Students

For more information about the conference or to register, see the website: deadline to submit an abstract is Wednesday, March 15, 2023.

If you have any questions or concerns, please email If you are affiliated with INBRE, please email



Feb 062023

“Harnessing Big Data for Precision Oncology”

Leng Han (headshot)

Leng Han, Ph.D.,

Associate Professor and CPRIT scholar at Texas A&M University,

Institute of Biosciences & Technology

Thursday, February 9, 2023

12:00 – 1:00 PM HST

Zoom Details


Meeting ID: 921 2449 1501

Passcode: QHS646


Dr. Han is an Associate Professor and CPRIT scholar at Texas A&M University, Institute of Biosciences & Technology. Before join TAMU, he is an Assistant Professor at The University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston. Dr. Han obtained his PhD from Chinese Academy of Sciences and did postdoc training with Dr. Joseph C. Wu at Stanford University, and Dr. Han Liang at MD Anderson Cancer Center. Dr. Han’s lab focused on harnessing big data for precision oncology. In the past several years, his labs contributed to RNA-targeted therapy, target therapy and immunotherapy, and published several papers in high profile journals, including Cancer Cell, Nature Metabolism, Nature Immunology, Nature Communications, The Innovation, Cell Systems, Cell Reports, Nucleic Acids Research, Genome Medicine, Journal of the National Cancer Institute. He has been invited to contribute review, commentary and spotlight by multiple journals, including Nature Reviews Clinical Oncology, Nature Biotechnology, Trends in Genetics, Trends in Cancer, Trends in Molecular Medicine, Genome Medicine, and Oncogene. To date, he has published >160 peer-reviewed papers, with a total of > 20,000 citations (Google scholar, H-index = 56).

For more information, contact Dr. Chathura Siriwardhana at Tel. 692-1487 or Email: ; or
Hua Yang at Tel. 692-1661 or Email:

Jan 182023

Automating Machine Learning for Predicting Risk of Alzheimer’s Disease

Jason Moore, Ph.D.,

Chair of Department of Computational Biomedicine at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center

Dr. Moore completed a Ph.D. in Human Genetics and an M.A. in Statistics at the University of Michigan. In 1999 he went to Vanderbilt University where he held an Ingram Professorship and served as founding Director of the Advanced Computing Center for Research and Education. He then went to the Geisel School of Medicine at Dartmouth College in 2004 where he held the Third Century Professorship and served as founding Director of the Institute for Quantitative Biomedical Sciences. In 2015, he joined Penn Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania as the founding Director of the Institute for Biomedical Informatics and Senior Associate Dean for Informatics. He joined Cedars-Sinai in 2021 as the founding Chair of the Department of Computational Biomedicine. His research on artificial intelligence methods for the analysis of biomedical data has been continuously funded the NIH for more than 20 years. He is an elected fellow of the American College of Medical Informatics, the International Academy of Health Sciences Informatics, the American Statistical Association, the International Statistics Institute, and the American Association for Advancement of Science. He is Editor-in-Chief of the open-access journal BioData Mining.

Thursday, January 19, 2023

12:00 – 1:00 PM HST

Zoom Details


Meeting ID: 921 2449 1501

Passcode: QHS646

Dec 202022

The MHRT program provides directed reading coursework and research projects in topics focused on global health, tropical medicine, infectious diseases and community-based participatory research for undergraduates (juniors and seniors), graduate students and Ola HAWAII junior faculty (see attached flyer).
For instructions on how to apply, please visit our website at

If you or your students have any questions about the program please visit our website at  or contact us at

The deadline to apply is Sunday, January 8, 2023.  

MHRT Program


Nov 142022

The Chan Zuckerberg Biohub Internship Applications have opened! 
There are intern postings in the following categories/groups:

  • Arias Group
  • Computational Microscopy
  • Data Science (ID)
  • Data Science (QCS)
  • Jacobo Group
  • Leonetti Group
  • Mass Spectrometry
  • Protein Sciences
  • Royer Group
  • Theory Group

How to Apply:

  1. Go to
  2. Click on the position you want to apply for.
  3. Click on the “Apply Now” button in the upper right corner.
  4. Fill out and submit the application! 

Nov 072022

For the summer of 2023, Bayer Hawaii will offer University of Hawaii students’ internships in the following focus areas:

  • Integrated pest management
  • Data design and analysis
  • Aerial image analysis & development
  • Corporate Sustainability – data, strategy and outreach

Students have the opportunity to interact with high-level business leaders, gain experience in a global life science company with local impact, receive personalized job application mentorship, and gain hands-on corporate training.

Internship is slotted for June to mid-August 2023.  For more details see the attached flyer below and contact Dr. Jon-Paul Bingham at


Oct 182022

Enabling Precision Medicine: Decoding the Human Genome with Deep Learning Models

Deputy Director for Genomics, Flatiron Institute Simons Foundation Professor of Computer Sciences & Lewis-Sigler Institute for Integrative Genomics, Princeton University

Speaker: Olga Troyanskaya, PhD

A key challenge in medicine and biology is to develop a complete understanding of the genomic architecture of disease. Yet the increasingly wide availability of ‘omics’ and clinical data, including whole genome sequencing, has far outpaced our ability to interpret these sequences.  Challenges include interpreting the 98% of the genome that is noncoding to identify variants that are functional and may lead to disease, detangling genomic signals regulating cell-lineage-specific gene expression, and mapping the resulting genetic circuits and networks in disease-relevant cell-types to specific phenotypes and clinical outcomes.  I will discuss methods that address these challenges, and highlight their applications to cancer and mental health disorders.

Date: Thursday, October 20, 2022 12:00-1:00 PM HST

Zoom Details


Meeting ID: 921 2449 1501 Passcode: QHS646

For more information contact Dr. Eunjung Lim Tel. 692-1817 or Email:


Oct 122022


The National Institute of General Medical Sciences (NIGMS) will host an informational webinar series for faculty and sponsored programs/research development personnel from institutions building research and research training capacity. During the webinars, suggestions will be shared for navigating the process of seeking NIH funding. Attendees will learn considerations for determining research idea and grant writing readiness, selecting opportunities to apply for, effectively writing a grant application, and seeking appropriate feedback. Participation in the webinars are optional and not required for the submission of applications to NIGMS.

Three webinars will be held, addressing different aspects of the process:

Webinar NameDateTime
Before Writing: Faculty Readiness & Submission ConsiderationsTuesday, August 16, 20222:00-3:15 pm ET
Determining Whether a Funding Opportunity is Right for YouMonday, September 26, 20222:00-3:15 pm ET
Writing a Competitive ApplicationTuesday, November 1, 20222:00-3:15 pm ET

Registration is required to attend. The webinars will be recorded and made available for on-demand viewing after the event. You may also register if you’re unable to attend but would like to be notified when the recordings are available. For more information on topics covered and to register, visit the webinar series webpage.

Participants requiring sign language interpretation and/or other reasonable accommodations should submit a request using our contact form at least 5 days prior to the event.

Know others who may be interested?

Please share the Webinar Series Event Page

Sydella Blatch, Ph.D.
National Institute of General Medical Sciences (NIGMS)

Sep 202022

Application Due Date: November 2, 2022

Program Starting Date: May 15, 2023

Conference Date: July 24-26, 2023

Pay: up to $7200 for the summer (paid as hourly wage over the working dates of the program). Housing is included.

Information and link to the application (must create an account):