Biomedical Data Driven Discovery Training Program

The Biomedical Data Driven Discovery (BD3) Training Program at Northwestern University (NU) is a collaborative proposal that brings together Big Data educators and researchers from the Feinberg School of Medicine (FSM), the McCormick School of Engineering and Applied Science (MEAS), the Weinberg College of Arts and Sciences (WCAS) and the School of Communication.


The aim of BD3 is to train future scientists for both academia and industry who will develop novel Big Data methods to advance science and improve health. Learn more about coursework, core requirements and faculty.

Applicant Eligibility

  • Current doctoral student typically at the end of their first year but other years may be considered
  • Strength of the research plan: potential for success and impact on field 

  • Biomedical Big Data focus of the proposed research 

  • Evidence of commitment to a research career. 

  • Commitment to completion of the BD3 curriculum and 
a doctoral degree. 

  • Performance during the first year of doctoral training
  • US Citizen or Permanent Resident

Request Deliverables

  • A Current CV
  • 1 to 2 page research/personal statement explaining what attracts you to Big Data/Bioinformatics, your career goals, research interests, and how do you see your participation in the program enabling you to reach your career goals
  • One professional reference with valid contact information
  • Most recent transcript

Application Submission Period

April 1, 2017 - May 1, 2017

Application Instructions

Complete an application in NITRO Competitions

Contact Information

Please direct questions about the Biomedical Big Data Discovery training program to Lindsay Varasteh, or (312) 503-1997.