Education & Outreach

Students and Educators

ISB has a commitment to the transfer of knowledge through purposeful education and outreach.  We encourage students and educators to learn more about systems biology in particular, and STEM practices in the workplace in general, by engaging in real world experiences at in our facilities.  We host experiences for a continuum of students and educators from K12, to undergraduate and graduate students.

Tours, Job Shadow, and Informational Interviews

As schedules and space allows, we welcome student and educator groups to tour ISB facilities, as well as opportunities for job shadows or informational interviews with our scientists and administrators.

For more information about tours, job shadow, and informational interview opportunities, please contact ISB’s Education Liaison, Jen Eklund.

Pre-College and Undergraduate Students


ISB currently hosts two established internship programs for students:


One of the key objectives of ISB involves transferring knowledge gained through research to the community for the benefit of society. The Baliga Lab meets and surpasses that objective through an education program in which high school interns help develop hands on instructional modules for students to use as part of their science curriculum. Each January, the Baliga Lab posts a job opportunity on their careers website, enabling high school juniors to apply for a competitive, paid summer internship.
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Funding from the National Institute for General Medical Sciences allow the Center for Systems Biology at ISB to offer paid research internships for undergraduate students. The internships take place primarily in the summer and last about eight weeks. The applicant process is highly competitive.
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ISB fields year round request for internships or other research experiences in which students and/or educators have identified a funding source. These requests are vetted based on the interest and experience of the potential intern as well as the availability of appropriate ISB mentors.

For more information about internships, please contact ISB’s Education Liaison, Jen Eklund.

Graduate Students

We accept graduate students through our faculty affiliations with a variety of University of Washington programs, including the ones below. We do accept graduate students through other departments, too. Please consult our faculty affiliations and contact the appropriate faculty member directly.

  • Molecular and Cellular Biology Program
    The MCB graduate program is an interdisciplinary PhD program that integrates structural, molecular, cellular, developmental, and systems biology. For more information, please visit the MCB website or contact one of ISB’s affiliated faculty members directly.
  • Biological Physics, Structure and Design (BPSD) Program
    The BPSD program is an interdisciplinary PhD program that studies the use and determination of atomic-level structures of biologically important molecules. The goals of the program are to understand the relationship between biomolecular structure and function to predict three-dimensional structures of biomolecules and to design new molecules. For more information, please visit the BPSD website or contact one of ISB’s affiliated faculty members directly.