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Involving undergraduates in genomics research to narrow the education–research gap

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Engaging undergraduates in computational tasks can improve genomic research laboratory productivity, benefiting both students and senior laboratory members.

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The authors thank the Bruins-In-Genomics (B.I.G.) Summer Undergraduate Research Program at the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA) for supporting undergraduate students, and the Division of Undergraduate Education at UCLA for offering courses that allow undergraduates to work on independent research projects. Lastly, the authors dedicate this body of work to all undergraduate students who participated in bioinformatics research in ZarLab (

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  1. Serghei Mangul, Lana S. Martin and Eleazar Eskin are in the Department of Computer Science, University of California, Los Angeles, Los Angeles, California, USA.

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  2. Serghei Mangul is also at the Institute for Quantitative and Computational Biosciences, University of California, Los Angeles, Los Angeles, California, USA.

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  3. Eleazar Eskin is also in the Department of Human Genetics, University of California, Los Angeles, Los Angeles, California, USA.

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