About BAB

Biology today is not simply a field and lab-based discipline. Scientists now have massive quantities of biological data that they can use to answer questions and solve problems.  Bioinformatics is a new field that uses computer science and information technology to help answer biological questions.

Although it may sound complex, bioinformatics is not restricted to universities; high school students can also access data sets in order to understand scientific concepts more deeply. Bioinformatics-based lessons are a powerful means to integrate data-driven problem-solving skills with biology, chemistry, mathematics, and computer science content knowledge, allowing high school students to engage in meaningful and relevant learning.

Our Mission

The mission of the Bioinformatics Activity Bank is to facilitate the integration of bioinformatics into high school courses.

  • Peruse our activities collection to find teacher-created bioinformatics-based activities for many different levels of high school courses.
  • Are you new to bioinformatics? Our teacher resources page is designed to provide background knowledge to teachers or administrators who would like to learn more about bioinformatics.
  • If you can’t find what you’re looking for on our pages, visit our links page to easily connect with other bioinformatics-rich websites, lessons plans, and resources.

Our People

Dr. Elizabeth Rice

Ellie Rice is an Adjunct Assistant Professor at Franklin and Marshall College in Lancaster, PA. She works with local high school, middle school and elementary teachers to desgin, create and implement science curriclum. Ellie has a PhD from Cornell University in Crop Science and Plant Genetics and is the co-author of Garden Genetics: Teaching with Edible Plants, a book of curriculum for high school teachers. When not at work, she can be found gardening, hiking, cross-country skiing, remodeling, cooking, exploring children's literature, or chasing after her toddlers.


Our Sponsoring Institutions

The Bioinformatics Activity Bank is hosted by Franklin and Marshall College. The summer institutes and fellowships for teachers are funded by a grant from the Howard Hughes Medical Institute.


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