Bioinformatics Workshop (BFX)

The Bioinformatics (BFX) workshop is a collaborative effort between the Institute for Clinical and Translational Sciences (ICTS), McDonnell Genome Institute (MGI), Department of Medicine, Division of Hematology & Oncology, and Department of Pediatrics with faculty, staff, and student representation and participation from many other Institutes, Departments, and Divisions at Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis.

The organizers and presenters of this workshop have multi-disciplinary backgrounds in Bioinformatics, Medicine, Computational Biology, Genetics, Computer Science, Oncology, Virology, Information Systems, Microbiology, Immunology, and many other combinations of both Data and Biological Sciences.

This team of organizers and presenters are committed to sharing best practice methods, technology, and knowledge from decades of experience working in these fields of study. New and novel applications of genome sequencing data are constantly evolving and even more so the analytical processes and tools used to translate data to information and knowledge are ever growing and changing. The team leading this workshop will focus on standard best practices while having an eye toward the future direction of each Bioinformatics topic.

There are no requirements or qualifications to participate in the BFX Workshop. All we ask is that any willing participant visit our Prerequisite tutorial to understand the computer systems, tools, and languages that will be used throughout the course. Most of the languages and tools used are common to all fields and applications of Bioinformatics. Currently, no academic credits are earned for attending the course and there no attendance requirements.

The course is held in person at 10 am on Monday’s during the academic year. Lectures are recorded and posted for reference. A live-stream option may be available for ICTS members outside of Washington University.

For questions contact Jenny McKenzie (

Genomics in Medicine Seminar

The Genomics in Medicine seminar series offers attendees a practical background in molecular biology and genetics, an introduction to genomics technologies and research, and an understanding of the clinical application of genomics knowledge.

Precision Health Pathway

WashU School of Medicine Special Emphasis Pathway

To connect basic scientists with translational researchers, Washington University created the Precision Health Pathway. The program accepts 10 students a year from the Division of Biological and Biomedical Sciences Program. This Pathway introduces 2nd and 3rd year genetics, genomics, and bioinformatics PhD students to the use of genomic and genetic information in the diagnosis and treatment of disease. The students are connected with translational researchers and perform a clinically mentored research project. By gaining both a strong basic science background and knowledge in clinical medicine, these students will become an essential part of the future translational genomic workforce.