Journal Club on the Biological Sciences - University of Houston
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Reading peer-reviewed scientific articles can be challenging when you're just getting started. The Journal Club on the Biological Sciences is designed to give students the opportunity to read, evaluate and discuss peer-reviewed articles.

Students can take advantage of this risk-free environment and join the conversation. Simply read the article in advance, and bring any questions or comments you have on the paper to the meeting. The students who chose the paper will present it to the group, and then we will discuss it. 

The theme for Spring 2024 is Machine Learning and Biomedical Research. While the use of computing in biomedical research is not new, recent advances in computing capacity, algorithms, and hardware has allowed for faster and more sophisiticated analysis. This analysis in areas such as molecular dynamics, protein folding, and docking has led to a number of computer-driven insights. Some recent examples have been predicting protein structure and identifying new antibiotics.

All meetings in Spring 2024, including the Journal Club Symposium, will be in Room 212S (Large Classroom) in the Honors College (M.D. Anderson Library). 

Please join for all or part of these sessions to hear the journal article presentations. If you are interested in presenting, please contact Dr. Rita Sharp. Articles will be shared here as we get closer to the date.

Spring 2024 Meeting Dates

Thursday, February 1, 4-5 p.m. -- February Journal Article

Thursday, April 4, 4-5 p.m. -- April Journal Article

Friday, April 26, 1-3 p.m.


Presenter Guidelines

Please contact Dr. Rita Sharp with questions about the Journal Club on the Biological Sciences or if you want to sign up to present an article.


Fall 2023 Theme: Microplastics, Human Heatlh, and the Environment
Thursday, September 14, 4-5 p.m. -- September Journal Article
Thursday, October 12, 4-5 p.m. -- October Journal Article
Thursday, November 9, 4-5 p.m. -- November Journal Article
Journal Club Symposium -- Friday, December 1, 1-3 p.m. -- Article 1 - Article 2 - Article 3 - Article 4

Spring 2023 Theme: Drug Development and Delivery

Fall 2022 Meetings - Antibiotic Resistance: Mechanisms and Solutions 
Spring 2022 Theme: Infections and the Gut Barrier
Fall 2021 Theme: SARS-CoV-2 - Viral genome and particle structure
Fall 2020 & Spring 2021 Theme: Gut Microbiome and Human Health and Disease
Spring 2020 Theme: Receptors and Disease