Major technological advancements in molecular and genetic research have resulted in an explosion of new biological information. With a master's or doctorate degree in bioinformatics and computational biology, you will have the specialized expertise and technical skills to decipher this complex data. You may also have opportunities to research and discover new applications that could potentially improve human health and agriculture.
Specialize in one of the following areas:
- Biology: Focus on the study and research of biological systems and the understanding of the molecular and genetic data.
- Computer Science/Mathematical Sciences: Explore the methods and models used in genetic and molecular biological research and concentrate on skills and techniques to develop and use databases.
Drawing on expertise and resources from nine university departments, this progressive graduate degree merges study and research in biology, mathematics, computer science and statistics. You'll develop the interdisciplinary knowledge and specialized tools to manage, process and analyze complex biological data.
Depending on your area of specialization, you may study and conduct research in:
- Molecular biology
- Statistical genetics
- Database management systems
- Probability theory
- Mathematical methods and models
As a student in the bioinformatics and computational biology program, you will have the opportunity to engage in exciting collaborative research projects through the Institute for Bioinformatics and Evolutionary Studies (IBEST), a group of faculty and students from several disciplines investigating evolutionary phenomena and the bioinformatics tools to explain them.