The Network for Integrating Bioinformatics into Life Sciences Education (NIBLSE; pronounced "nibbles") is a National Science Foundation (NSF) Research Coordination Network for Undergraduate Biology Education (RCN-UBE). NIBLSE was formed in 2014. The long-term goal of NIBLSE is to establish bioinformatics as an essential component of undergraduate life sciences education by creating a permanent network of investigators to articulate a shared vision of the extent to which, and how best to, integrate bioinformatics into life sciences curricula. Specific objectives of the Network include identification of best practices for (1) preparation of students for bioinformatics instruction; (2) integration of bioinformatics into life science curriculum at all levels; (3) assessment of outcomes; and (4) preparation of faculty trained in life sciences to deliver curriculum in bioinformatics.

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The NIBLSE Leadership Team
Mark Pauley (, University of Nebraska at Omaha
Elizabeth Dinsdale, San Diego State University
William Morgan, College of Wooster
Anne Rosenwald, Georgetown University
Eric Triplett, University of Florida


Key objectives for NIBLSE during the current project period are to:

Establish a permanent network of investigators committed to accomplishing the long-term goal of establishing bioinformatics as essential to the undergraduate life sciences curriculum; Draw from the collective expertise of the leadership team and steering committee and work from the literature to collaboratively identify, vet, and refine a set of bioinformatics core competencies that are essential to undergraduate life sciences education; Identify and vet assessment tools that align with the core competencies and will facilitate educational research related to integrating bioinformatics into the life sciences; and Organize and simplify the dissemination of curricular materials, assessment tools, and professional development resources that align with the core competencies.

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The NIBLSE core competencies paper, "Bioinformatics core competencies for undergraduate life sciences education," is now online at PLOS ONE!

Learn more and view the article on the PLOS ONE website.



NIBLSE working groups:

Group members can view a draft of NIBLSE Learning Resource pages here

This material is based upon work supported by the National Science Foundation under Grant Number 1539900, "RCN-UBE: Network for Integrating Bioinformatics into Life Sciences Education (NIBLSE)."

Any opinions, findings, and conclusions or recommendations expressed in this material are those of the author(s) and do not necessarily reflect the views of the National Science Foundation.

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