High-throughput Discovery Science & Inquiry-based Case Studies for Today's Students (HITS) network


For modern life science researchers, high-throughput approaches can open the doors to discovery of novel genes, drugs, and regulatory networks. The effective design, implementation, and analysis of high-throughput research require fundamental quantitative skills. Taken together, the opportunity for new modes of discovery and development of associated quantitative skills make integration of high-throughput research into college biology curricula highly attractive. Yet, the high cost and technological demands of high-throughput discovery prohibit its use in most college laboratories. To address this need, this Research Coordination Network in Undergraduate Biology Education (RCN-UBE) seeks to improve student quantitative skills and participation in high-throughput discovery.  Researchers and teaching fellows in the network will learn about high-throughput technologies and work together to create novel case studies that will demystify high-throughput approaches and promote discovery science to reinforce cornerstone STEM concepts and quantitative skills in the college classroom.

The specific objectives of this network are to:

●  Provide workshops, a virtual community, and online resources to foster high-throughput research and its integration into the classroom

 Connect researchers and educators to design and assess quantitative biology case studies based on high-throughput discovery research

 Create a diverse consortium of institutions committed to implementing these quantitative educational tools in biology courses and curricula across the country and world

Join the group!

Please feel free to submit a membership request and we will get back to you as soon as possible.  You'll need to be logged into your QUBESHub account to submit a membership request.  If you don't already have one, get a QUBESHub account here.

Get involved!

    Become a HITS Case Fellow     

Become a HITS HT Researcher

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HITS is accepting applications for High-throughput (HT) Researchers. Graduate students and postdocs using HT approaches that are interested in creating educational case studies are encouraged to apply. Learn more and apply.




The HITS Steering Committee

1.    Dr. Carlos Goller, NCSU Biotechnology Program, Raleigh, NC. [PI; molecular biology education]

2.    Dr. Sabrina Robertson, The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, Chapel Hill, NC. [Co-PI; molecular biology education]

3.    Dr. Sam Donovan, University of Pittsburgh, PA. [QUBES and virtual mentoring]

4.    Dr. Pat Marsteller, Emory University, Atlanta, GA. [Case study design]

5.    Dr. Mark Melton, Saint Augustine’s University, Raleigh, NC. [Assessment & evaluation]

6.    Dr. Conner Sandefur, UNCP, Pembroke, NC. [Undergraduate partner institutions]

7.    Dr. Adriana San Miguel, NCSU, Raleigh, NC. [HT data acquisition expertise]


National Science Foundation Award 1730317.