JXTX Foundation

October 23rd, 2020

JXTX Foundation Awards First Ten Scholarships

JXTX Foundation Awardees
JXTX Foundation Awards First Ten Scholarships

Awardees will be attending Biological Data Science 2020

JXTX: The James P. Taylor Foundation for Open Science is pleased to announce the recipients of the 2020 JTech Scholarships. The JXTX Foundation provides support for students to attend conferences in computational biology and data science, where they can present their work and form connections with other researchers in the field.

Ten genomics and data sciences graduate students from around the globe were awarded the first annual JTech scholarship. These awardees will present their work at the 2020 Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory (CSHL) Biological Data Science Conference being held virtually November 4-6. Awardees represent ten institutions and are presenting a wide range of research at the meeting.

In addition to covering conference registration, awardees will also be paired with senior researchers in the field prior to the conference. Awardees and mentors will meet before and during the conference to establish what we hope will become long term relationships.


Emily Davis-Marcisak

Johns Hopkins University

Matrix factorization of single-cell RNA-sequencing identifies immune cell states that project across species, cancer type, and infectious disease.


Kwame Forbes

University of North Carolina Chapel Hill

Integration of preprocessed single-cell datasets with bulk differential analysis results for DESeq2.

Yuhan Hao

New York Genome Center and New York University

Multi-modal representation and mapping of single-cell data.


Sumaira Zaman

University of Connecticut

EASEL: Efficient, Accurate, Scalable Eukaryotic modeLs for de novo Genome Annotation.


About JXTX: The James P. Taylor Foundation for Open Science

“The most important job of senior faculty is to mentor junior faculty and students.” These are the words that Professor James P. Taylor, the Ralph S. O’Connor Professor at the Departments of Biology and Computer Science at Johns Hopkins University said and lived by. This, he believed, was imperative to advance science, and in a way that facilitated diversity and inclusion. The mission of this foundation is to continue his legacy, through a multifaceted approach which will be unrolled across several stages.

Towards the goal of advancing mentorship, the JXTX Foundation will organize and host mentoring sessions between senior and junior faculty members at select high-profile meetings. JTech also aims to attract new scholars, including high school and undergrad students, to computational biology and data science, and to form connections and opportunities for members of underrepresented minority populations.

According to his colleagues, James hated self-promotion. But the community would be done a grave disservice if the seeds planted by Dr.Taylor were not nourished to grow and flourish. Thank you to those who have generously contributed.

Please consider making a donation to support James Taylor’s legacy.