Events: Details

Antibody Engineering Hackathon January 2022

Category: Workshop

We are pleased to announce the 1st Virtual Hackathon for Developing CURES in Antibody Engineering.  This event will take place January 13-16th, 2022

Applications are due by November 5th.

This work is funded by a grant from the National Science Foundation's Advanced Technological Education program (DUE 2055036) and is being carried out in collaboration with the NIH Office of Data Science Strategy.

This event is free.  Participants will work together in teams to develop research projects for undergraduate students studying biotechnology or related topics. Hackathon participants will learn about the uses of antibodies in diagnostics, research, and therapeutics, develop new skills in immunology-related bioinformatics programs and databases, learn about new laboratory techniques for working with antibodies, and become part of an exciting community.Faculty with varying levels of experience in working with antibodies are encouraged to apply.  Participants will be selected based on experience and motivation to attend. Applicants from community colleges will receive the highest priority. 

Potential Projects:

  • iCn3D for education:  Participants will work to develop and test an essential feature set for an educational version of iCn3D.  
  • Anti-SARS Antibodies vs Variants:  This project focuses on identifying the interactions between commercial antibodies and the SARS-CoV-2 spike protein and making and testing predictions about the ability of commercial antibodies to neutralize the delta variant. 
  • IEDB research projects:  The IEDB (Immune Epitope Data Base) is an important tool for identifying and exploring the sequences and substances that are recognized by antibodies and T cell receptors. This project will address developing course-based research projects related to IEDB. 
  • Break an Antibody: Antibody engineers need to understand the chemical interactions that hold antibodies and their target proteins together.  In this project, students will use computational tools to identify interactions and make predications about amino acid changes that would cause the interactions to break. Students will mutagenize antibody clones to disrupt those interactions and compare the activity and specificity of the new versions with the original molecules.  
  • Affordable Antibody Engineering:  This project focuses on developing a low-tech antibody screening method (yeast display) for undergraduate classrooms. This method will enable academic institutions with low budgets to offer antibody engineering experience to their students without expensive equipment. 
  • Other projects: Other projects may be included.

Interested participants need to apply by November 5th.  Questions about this event may be sent to

Frequently Asked Questions

What is a CURE?

A CURE is a Course-based Undergraduate Research project.  These projects can vary in length.  Some projects might be completed in 1-2 weeks, some might require an entire quarter or semester, and some might continue through multiple semesters.

Do I need to assemble a team?

No.  We will assemble working groups of 5-6 individuals for each project. Each team will also have mentors with technical expertise.

What will we create?

The teams will create (or locate and assemble) all the instructions, background knowledge, data sets, lists of materials, and assessments needed so that faculty can implement the projects with their students. After the Hackathon, teams may continue working together and will be able to apply for limited amounts of funding to cover the costs of lab supplies.  An eventual goal is to publish the research projects in QUBESHub and make the projects available to a wider audience.

Will we be able to use the research projects and materials we create in our courses?

Yes!  We want faculty participants to work on projects with their students.  We may also be able to provide you with a small amount of funding for lab supplies. 

Can we suggest projects?

Sure!  But, we may have to tackle your project next year. 

Who owns what we make?

Our computational work will focus on programs and databases that are publicly available and open-source wherever possible. These will include iCn3DIEDBNCBI databases, and others.  Any software modifications developed through the hackathon will be open source and freely available.

Participants agree to make the projects available on QUBESHub.     


Apply Today!


If you have questions or need additional information, please email

When: Thursday 13 January, 2022 12:00 pm EST - Sunday 16 January, 2022 2:00 pm EST
Where: Virtual
  1. Antibody Engineering
  2. Biomanufacturing
  3. Biotechnology
  4. CUREs
  5. hackathon
  6. iCn3D
  7. molecular modeling
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