VAI Epigenomics Workshop

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VAI Epigenomics Workshop

August 3 - August 5

The VAI Epigenomics Workshop is a three-day, hands-on, problem-based experience that will immerse graduate students in the latest epigenomic research and techniques. Topics include epigenetics in health and disease, leveraging epigenomics tools (such as ChIP-seq, genome browsers and DNA methylation analysis), and strategies for integrating epigenomics data with other data types. By the end of the workshop, students will have a deeper understanding of innovative methods for studying epigenomics, be better able to apply these tools to interdisciplinary research questions in the field, and will have built meaningful connections with research leaders and other graduate students in the broader epigenomics field.


Doctoral students from U.S. colleges and universities who have completed their comprehensive exams in an epigenetics-related discipline and are embarked on an epigenetics-based Ph.D. thesis are eligible to apply. Applicants should have entry-level, basic knowledge of the “command line”. Suggested pre-course training opportunities will be communicated to all candidates who are unsure about their command line competency.

How to Apply

The application period will run March 2 to May 4. Interested graduate students should submit the following materials:

  • A biosketch
  • A letter of recommendation from their thesis advisor or a thesis committee member
  • An abstract for the VAI Epigenetics Symposium (Please click here for details on the symposium, which will be held Aug. 1–3, 2022).

Enrollment is limited to 15 students to maximize interactions and networking opportunities. VAI students are eligible to apply, but no more than one will be selected each year.


There are no costs for selected student participants. VAI will cover costs associated with student participants’ travel and lodging to and from the VAI Epigenetics Symposium and Epigenomics Workshop. There is no registration fee. Applicants will be able to indicate their need for child-care assistance as part of the online application.


More information will be available soon. To be added to our mailing list, please email Beth Resau by clicking here.

Funding for the workshop was made possible (in part) by R25HG011020 from the National Human Genome Research Institute of the National Institutes of Health. The views expressed in written conference materials or publications and by speakers and moderators do not necessarily reflect the official policies of the NIH; nor does mention of trade names, commercial practices, or organizations imply endorsement by the U.S. government.


August 3
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