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Effective Tuesday, March 31, 2020: Harris County Judge Lina Hidalgo and Houston Mayor Sylvester Turner announced an extension to the Stay Home, Work Safe order for the Greater Houston area. This new order runs through Thursday, April 30. See link above for complete details.

Stipend information: All GSBS students will continue to receive their stipends as they work remotely. If GSBS faculty/PIs or students have concerns regarding stipends, please contact Pat Bruesch.

The school requires the use of remote access (technologies such as Webex) for all student academic meetings.  Instructions may be found at these links: advisory committee meeting, candidacy exam, and thesis defense. To maximize safety, no participants in the meeting should be in the same room. You may also click here to learn about the resources available at the GSBS.  We will be flexible about the six-month committee meeting requirement in case students wish to postpone their committee meetings. Specifically, if the meeting is less than 3 months overdue, the meeting may be postponed. Note that May 1 is still the deadline to complete all degree requirements for students who plan to graduate in the spring semester because that is the last day of the term. Contact GSBS Academic Affairs for further details.

Faculty and Student Remote Access Information (advice and support for these tools, please email

Click here to find important links to help students make academic progress while working remotely.

Having a hard time staying productive while working remotely? GSBS Associate Dean Cherilynn Shadding, PhD, and Assistant Director Raquel Salinas, PhD, have compiled tips for working from home. 

What can students do when out of the lab?

Activities that GSBS faculty/PIs can assign GSBS students working remotely could include:

Students could also implement the activities listed above on their own as they practice social distancing.

Bioinformatic online resources

Shomu’s Bioinformatics with practical

MIT computational and system biology course

Bioinformatics in Python

Python for beginners

Shirley Liu’s bioinformatics courses