Biomedical Informatics and
Data Science (BIDS) Fellowship

Make the most of the fall 2021 semester

Explore biomedical informatics and data science with field-leading faculty mentors at the world-renowned Washington University School of Medicine – ranked 8th nationally for research.

Get ahead for wherever you’re going

BIDS empowers trainees to use biomedical informatics and data science tools and technologies, distinguishing themselves from peers applying to advanced degree programs and industry positions.

A flexible but challenging schedule prepares participants for the next chapter of their career during a gap year or to supplement part time work.

The rigorous boot camp experience builds in-demand skills whether you are applying to a PhD or master’s program, or a faculty member exploring specialty areas of knowledge.

Solve real-world problems

Choose from tracks in the sub-specialties of translational bioinformatics, applied clinical informatics and population health informatics.


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Under the guidance of faculty mentors, the fellowship focuses on the real-world skills needed to support advancements in biomedical informatics and data science.

Through weekly seminars, faculty mentorship, and engagement with members of their cohort, participants in this virtual program will build a body of evidence for current and future biomedical informatics practice, while gaining experience applying tools and technologies utilized in biomedical informatics and data science.


“The BIDS fellowship offered a unique platform to engage and learn from the experts in the field of bioinformatics at WashU. Having had some background in data analysis tools, this training helped me reach the next step by providing me with the skillset to execute single-cell RNA sequencing analysis independently. I find this training very useful and continue to use the skills I have developed to foster new collaborations.”
Devesha Kulkarni, PhD

Fellowship timeline

This fellowship is a 13-week program that comprises two weeks of preparatory learning followed by 11 weeks of engagement and mentorship. The fall 2021 program begins on September 1, 2021, and ends on December 3, 2021.

Online and hybrid options available

Meet with faculty mentors and attend events virtually to avoid unnecessary travel or relocation. Fellows also have the option to visit the lab on the WUSM campus in St. Louis and meet in person during a time that works with your faculty mentor.

Application deadline

Fall 2021: August 23, 2021
Spring 2022: January 3, 2022

Participant fee

$5,000

Professional training grants such as the KL2 Career Development Award can provide funding to cover the participant fee and allow scholars to pursue mentored, multidisciplinary research.

Faculty mentors

Translational Bioinformatics Track

Sabine M. Dietmann, PhD

Assistant Professor of Developmental Biology and Medicine, School of Medicine

Applied Clinical Informatics Track

Joanna Abraham, PhD

Assistant Professor of Anesthesiology
School of Medicine

Chih-Hung Chang, PhD

Professor of Occupational Therapy, Medicine and Orthopaedic Surgery, School of Medicine

Aditi Gupta, PhD

Instructor in Biostatistics
Division of Biostatistics
School of Medicine

Andrew P. Michelson, MD

Assistant Professor of Medicine
Division of Pulmonary and Critical Care Medicine
School of Medicine

Population Health Informatics Track

Randi Foraker, PhD, MA, FAHA, FAMIA

Director, Center for Population Health Informatics (CPHI)

Professor of Medicine, Division of General Medical Sciences, School of Medicine

Professor of Public Health, Brown School

Beth Prusaczyk, PhD, MSW

Instructor in Medicine
Division of General Medical Sciences
School of Medicine

Fellowship Director

Randi Foraker, PhD, MA, FAHA, FAMIA

Director, Center for Population Health Informatics (CPHI)

Professor of Medicine, Division of General Medical Sciences, School of Medicine

Professor of Public Health, Brown School