TECBio 2023 Applications will open near the end of November.

Please keep checking back around the end of November for the application link. If you have any questions, please email us at tecbio@pitt.edu


“Training and Experimentation in Computational Biology” REU program is a 10-week summer program that will provide a challenging and fulfilling graduate-level research experience to undergraduate students. Housing, travel, and a stipend allowance will be provided*


TECBio focuses on computational, quantitative, and systems-level, research over multiple scales. Research topics at various scales include computational analyses of protein dynamics and binding (molecular scale), computer modeling and simulation of signal transduction pathways (subcellular/cellular scale), automated image analysis and reconstruction (cellular/tissue scale), and genomic and metagenomic studies of variation in tissues and organs as well as between organisms and within populations (tissue/organ/organismal/population scale).


Students will present their work at a Pittsburgh-wide annual research symposium, and experience the various social and cultural activities available in Pittsburgh – America’s most livable city.



TECBio was my first REU program and I’m so thankful I got to experience it. During my college years, I was always interested in research but it wasn’t until this summer program that I realized I could solidify my career towards research. The program was online which was different from what I expected but I have to give major credit to the TECBio team for making it so meaningful. Despite the circumstances, I felt welcomed and as a priority. Even though my research didn’t make any beneficial results, I feel as if I had learned so much. I felt the closest I ever have to being a scientist. I have only to thank my mentor and the TECBio team for making that possible! Future students need opportunities like this to help them find their way of fitting into the scientific community.

Amna Irfan

Before TECBio 2020, I was unsure of what I wanted to do after graduation. I wanted to join the field of computational biology, but I didn't feel like I had the right background, and I wasn't sure if it was right for me. Having participated in TECBio this summer, I can say with almost 100% certainty that going to graduate school for computational biology/bioinformatics is what I want to do. This REU gave me a thorough insight into what being a graduate student is like from many aspects, including research, learning, and social activities. Before this opportunity, I had barely any research experience, or even any idea what graduate school was really like; now, I feel properly prepared (and confident enough) to pursue research as a career and a passion.

Caleb Armstrong

Though I realized that I might not be interested in a career in academic research, TECBio was a great first research experience. It gave me the opportunity to see what research entails day-to-day. It pushed me to develop self efficacy and independence in thinking about and doing science. My favorite part of TECBio was the people: everyone I met --- the program directors, faculty, other TECBio students -- was so kind, supportive, and interesting to talk with. I gained experience working with a research partner, and learned to appreciate working with other people. The skill I spent the most time working on was how to communicate science effectively, which was more difficult and important than I had anticipated. The summer did not go as I had expected it to -- I learned as much about being a scientist and a human as I learned about science -- but I think the experience I did have will be more important to my career and life overall.

Moira Crawshaw

This internship allowed me to get ahead of new research experiences, where I learned different aspects of biology and genomics systems. It was an enriching experience, despite the fact that we had to adapt to a new modality, everything went smoothly. It was difficult, we had ups and downs, whether it was because of the internet, bad weather, there was no light, we did everything possible to be present and they (Joe and Adam) were always aware of every need that arose along the way. I am grateful for the opportunity, for sure it is an experience that I will carry with me, it helped me to overcome many insecurities and to feel part of the scientific community. That despite the circumstances, nothing is impossible. I would recommend it to anyone and if I could I would be part of it again.

Anelisse Dominicci Maura

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