• National Library of Medicine (NLM) Training Program in Biomedical Informatics

    Director: Dr. Lydia Kavraki, Rice University
    Co-Director: Dr. Tony Gorry, Rice University

    Call for predoc and postdoc applications - see Application and Forms tab

    NLM 2016 winners

    From left: Emily Hendryx, Program Director Dr. Lydia Kavraki, Dr. Yasmin Lyons, Dr. John Magnotti, NLM Director of Extramural Programs Dr. Valerie Florance

    Congratulations to three trainees of the NLM Training Program in Biomedical Informatics who won awards at the NLM Annual Informatics Training Conference June 27-27, 2016, held at The Ohio State University in Columbus:  

    1. Rice University PhD student Emily Hendryx, who won Best Talk (of 19 total), Day 1 for her plenary presentation, "Pediatric ECG Feature Identification." Emily is in the Department of Computational and Applied Mathematics. Her mentors are Craig Rusin, Baylor College of Medicine, and Beatrice Riviere, Rice University.  
    UT MD Anderson Cancer Center (MDACC) postdoc Yasmin Lyons, who won Best Open Mic (out of 13), Day 1 for her short talk,"A macrophage-specific gene signature to predict response to treatment." Yasmin is in the Department of Gynecologic Oncology & Reproductive Medicine. Her mentors are Anil Sood, MDACC, and Prahlad Ram, MDACC.

    3. Baylor College of Medicine postdoc John Magnotti, who won Best Poster (out of 34), Days 1&2, for his poster, Causal Inference during Multisensory Speech Perception." John is in the Department of Neurosurgery. His mentors are Michael Beauchamp, Baylor College of Medicine, and Genevera Allen, Rice University.


    The Gulf Coast Consortia / Keck Center's NIH / National Library of Medicine (NLM) Training Program in Biomedical Informatics is currently in its 25th year. This program provides research training in Healthcare Informatics, Translational Bioinformatics, Clinical Research Informatics, and Public Health Informatics to PhD students and postdoctoral trainees across the GCC's seven member institutions. This is one of only 14 institutionally-based NLM training programs in the United States.  Learn more in the NLM Press Release as well as in the Rice University News

    The purpose of this program is to provide cross-training at the interface between computational/mathematical sciences and biological sciences/biomedicine. When this highly successful training program began in 1992, we foresaw that computational biology would reshape medicine in important ways, and this emerging discipline was emphasized in the research experiences of our trainees. Once computational biology had a firmly established place in biomedicine, we expanded our emphasis to include biomedical informatics and broadened our reach to include translational medicine, public health, biosecurity, applied nanotechnology, and computational biomedical engineering.

    This program serves the needs of trainees such as a young physician who wishes to expand her/his analytical and computational knowledge of computer-assisted analysis, simulation and multi-dimensional imaging; a biologist who wants to develop expertise in functional genomics; or a computer scientist who wants to prepare her/himself for a research career in translational bioinformatics. For a list of currently-funded trainees and their projects, see the Fellows Directory. For Trainee Outcomes of those supported during the period 2002-2016. please see below.

    Who may apply:

    US citizens or Permanent Residents (who already have their "Green Card") who are predoctoral fellows enrolled in a PhD program, or are postdocs affiliated with the following Gulf Coast Consortia member institutions:

    • Rice University
    • Baylor College of Medicine
    • The University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston
    • The University of Texas Medical Branch at Galveston 
    • The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center
    • University of Houston
    •  Institute of Biosciences & Technology (IBT) - TAMHSC.  

    The Gulf Coast Consortia is committed to providing equal opportunity in training for individuals with disabilities and individuals from racial and ethnic groups who are currently under-represented in STEM fields.  We welcome applications from all qualified trainees, regardless of ethnicity, race, or disability status.  All GCC member institutions are ADAAA compliant and have offices of disability support services that provide accommodations and support services to trainees, faculty, staff, and visitors.

    What the NLM fellowship provides:


    • 12 month fellowship
    • the opportunity to compete for reappointment (for a total of three years) if progress is satisfactory
    • Stipend of $23,376 per year in NIH's FY16  
    • Partial support for tuition, fees and health insurance (not fringe) and travel 
    • Primary mentor/department is responsible for the fringe, and the remainder of the stipend, tuition and health insurance. 


    •  12 month fellowship
    •  the opportunity to compete for reappointment (for a total of two years) if progress is satisfactory
    •  NIH-level stipend of $43,692 per year and above in NIH's FY16 (depending on the years of science-related experience since receipt of the doctoral degree)  
    •  Partial support for health insurance (not fringe) and travel
    •  Primary mentor/department is responsible for the fringe, and the remainder of the stipend and health insurance. 

    For more information, see the link Application Information and Forms above. Should you have further questions not covered in these web pages, please contact the NLM Training Program Administrator:

    Melissa Glueck
    Keck Center Associate Director
    Outcomes of previous NLM trainees:

    Recent trainees:
    During the period 2012 to August 2016, 18 predoctoral and 18 postdoctoral trainees have been supported on this training grant (not including those currently appointed).
    Of the 18 predoctoral trainees (39% female, 17% URM) who have completed their NLM support during these past four years, 11 have earned doctorates, 2 have earned MD/PhDs, and an additional 5 anticipate earning their PhDs by the end of 2016.  

    Of those 13 who have already received their doctoral degrees:

    • 3 hold academic positions at such research-intensive institutions such as UT MD Anderson Cancer Center and University of Chicago; these include:
      • 1 assistant professor           
      • 2 postdocs
    • 3 are data scientists: two at research hospitals and 1 in Silicon Valley
    • 2 have returned to complete medical school
    • 1 is a teacher at a charter public school
    • 1 is a software engineer
    • 2 are medical residents at the Cleveland Clinic and Baylor College of Medicine
    • 1 is a biotech entrepreneur who creates medical 3-D printed organs and tissue for surgeons.


    Of the 18 postdoctoral trainees (18% female, 6% URM) who have completed their NLM support during these past four years:

    • 10 hold academic positions at such research-intensive institutions such as Rutgers, Michigan State University, UT MD Anderson Cancer Center, and UT Health Science Center at Houston; these include:
      • 3 assistant professors
      • 1 research bioanalyst
      • 1 academic oncology fellow
      • 1 oncologist and adjunct assistant professor
      • 1 clinical genetics fellow
      • 3 postdocs
    • 4 are in biotech, e.g. Phillips Healthcare
    • 3 are in industry, e.g. Google
    • 1 is a science writer and editor.


    Previous trainees:
    Between 2002-2012, 49 predoctoral and 35 postdoctoral trainees were supported by this training grant, including those on the NLM ARRA two-year supplement.
    Of the 42 predoctoral trainees (54% female, 10% URM) supported during those 10 years, 30 earned doctorates, 7 earned MD/PhDs, 2 earned Master's degrees, 1 earned a certificate in Health Informatics, and 2 withdrew from the university after leaves of absence for personal/medical reasons.
    Of the 37 who received their doctoral degrees:  

    • 23 hold academic positions at such research-intensive institutions as Yale School of Medicine, University of Chicago, UT MD Anderson Cancer Center, and Texas Children's Hospital; these include:
      • 2 professors,
      • 2 associate professors,
      • 7 assistant professors,
      • 12 others who are postdocs, outcomes analysts, research scientists, educators in K-12 or college, and physician scientists.
    • 4 are in biotech, e.g. IBM Watson Health, Moderna Therapeutics;
    • 7 are in industry, e.g. Intel;
    • 1 is a patent agent at a law firm  
    • 1 is a science/informatics writer;
    • 1 is in the federal government (security agency).

    Of the 35 postdoctoral trainees (26% female, 7% URM) supported during those 10 years:

    • 17 hold academic positions at institutions including Rutgers University, Columbia University, Massachusetts General Hospital, UT MD Anderson Cancer Center, and Houston Methodist Research Institute; these include:
      • 3 associate professors,          
      • 8 assistant professors,
      • 1 research assistant professor,
      • 5 others who are postdocs, research scientists, and educators;
    • 4 are in biotech, e.g. Regeneron Pharmaceuticals, GE Health Care;  
    • 9 are in industry, e.g. Google, DuPont;
    • 3 are consultants;
    • 1 is a law partner and patent attorney,
    • 1 is in government research.

    For information about the Gulf Coast Consortia (GCC), other Keck Center Training Programs, and the GCC Research Consortia, please go to the "GCC Home" link above.


    Page last updated 08/26/2016