Bioinformatics is a field that has been developing over the last thirty years. It is a discipline that represents a marriage between biotechnology and computer technologies and has evolved through the convergence of advances in each of these fields. Today bioinformatics is a field that encompasses all aspects of the application of computer technologies to biological data. Computers are used to organize, link, analyze and visualize complex sets of biological data.
With the advent of high throughput technologies such as Next Generation Sequencing and proteomics, bioinformatics has become essential to the biological sciences in general. In the past, laboratories were able to manage and analyze their experimental data in spreadsheets. Many research labs now require the expertise of dedicated bioinformatics core centers or their own in-house bioinformaticists.
Graduates of our programs have entered such laboratories, both in industry and academia, as bioinformaticists. Some have also gone on to leverage their biotechnology experiences as wet lab experimentalists themselves. The diversity of skills our students cultivate has given them access to a wide range of career choices.
If you are interested in becoming a key player in the pivotal role of a bioinformaticist, please read more on our site through the links above, or contact us to ask about the field or schedule a visit. We would be happy to discuss this essential field with you.
The Bioinformatics faculty
Admission decisions for Fall of 2013 have been made and letters are being mailed out. There is potentially still room in the program for late applications. Please contact Dr. Michael Osier for more information.