Who We Are
We are an intersectional community of Black women who are working toward (or interested in) a career that combines computational and quantitative sciences with Biology. Our community is comprised of womxn across all degree and professional levels from an array of backgrounds in biology, computer science, mathematics, bioengineering, chemistry, physics, medicine, public health data science, and much more refining their unique skillset to answer biological questions through a computational and quantitative lens.
With these diverse professional skills, we also hope to create a space for women of all intersections of identity to thrive in an inclusive environment.
You'll notice the language we use on our platform will be welcoming for all Black women and non-binary people, meaning the use of the term "womxn" and "women" encompasses womanhood that transcends gender expression and will specifically cater to individuals who identify as Black women.
The network and its members will embody an environment free of sexism, homophobia, queerphobia, transphobia, ageism, ableism, and the like to ensure that we promote science and professionalism that reflects the true mosaic of our field. This is important to share because we still live in a time when the validity of intersectional and inclusive Black spaces are challenged.
Black spaces will continue to provide us with a breath of fresh air away from environments that stifle our growth and push us to question our worth and our achievements. This network will stand as an unapologetic symbol of a unique portrait of Black Girl Magic transforming science on an exceptional level.
Computational biology and bioinformatics is an interdisciplinary field that develops and applies computational methods to analyse large collections of biological data, such as genetic sequences, cell populations or protein samples, to make new predictions or discover new biology. The computational methods used include analytical methods, mathematical modelling and simulation. (Nature.com)
To amplify the voices, and foster community amongst, Black womxn in the computational biology field across the diaspora
A computational biology community that encourages and supports the active participation of Black womxn scientists across the diaspora at every professional level
What it Means to Join The Network
This online platform will house resources, member stories, events, and more. Becoming a member means you identify as a Black womxn in this field and gives you access to exclusive newsletters, communications, and member opportunities. There is no membership fee.
Allies are those who do not identify as Black womxn in this field but want to contribute to the community in some way.
Along with access to our online social platform, our 120+ members from 4+ continents also take advantage of...
Get involved with leading our global community and advancing our mission with our Pathways to Computational Biology or Programming initiative boards. You can also represent your region (North/South America & Africa/Europe) or peer group to ensure our initiatives remain inclusive for our geographically and experientially diverse membership
Global Leadership Opportunities
Enjoy regular opportunities to grow your personal and professional networks with other Black womxn through a monthly Coffee Chat Partner, an opportunity to join a mentoring circle, or engage in our coveted virtual networking meetups.
Exclusive Networking Opportunities
Join members in a safe space for scientific intellectual engagement.
Journal Club meets bi-weekly in 2021 and is just for BWCB members equally excited about discussing topics in computational biology.
Bi-weekly #BlackInCompBio seminars feature Black scientists in the field and are perfect opportunities to practice communicating your work.
Journal Club & Other Science Engagement Initiatives
Jenea earned her Bachelor's Degree in Biology with a minor in Computer Science from the University of Dayton, OH. She is currently a Ph.D. Student in Genomics and Computational Biology at the University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine, PA.
Along with her interests are applying and developing computational tools in cancer and neurodegenerative disease research, she is excited to see more women that look like her the rapidly growing field of computational biology.
"Currently, I'm 1 of 3 black people total and 1 of 2 of the black women in my program of nearly 60 Ph.D. students. I was looking for ways to connect to black women in my field of study, but with our field still growing and not entirely representative of 'Black Girl Magic', I decided that it's time that changed and that connecting with one another should be made easier."