NIGMS Cloud Sandbox

The NIGMS has recently launched a cloud-based set of learning modules called NIGMS Sandbox. These modules are designed to teach basic and advanced concepts in biomedical data science. The modules currently run on the Google Cloud Platform (GCP) but will eventually run on Amazon Web Service (AWS) and Microsoft Azure as well. The modules currently available include:

If you are interested in using these modules, you will need to set up a GCP account with an associated billing account (usually a credit card).  The modules only cost a few dollars a piece to run so the cost is minimal.  If you have never used GCP before, you can request free Google Cloud credits ($300) and NIH periodically offers credits for INBRE states.  For future RI-INBRE applications, you may also request funding to use these modules in your INBRE proposals.

If you need any help accessing the modules or have any questions, please contact MIC Director Chris Hemme (

NIGMS Sandbox Github