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Bioinformatics & Computational Biology, Ph.D.

The confluence of biology, mathematics, statistics and computer science.

Drawing on expertise and resources from nine university departments, this program provides unique interdisciplinary training to prepare you to tackle the most cutting-edge problems in genetics, genomics, population biology, mathematical modeling, statistics and computer science.

Depending on your interests, you may focus your studies and research on biological sciences or computer sciences/mathematical science. Regardless of your specialization, the program provides a strong intellectual foundation in both areas. For example, biologists will learn the computational tools needed to conduct bioinformatic research, and mathematicians and computer scientists will gain a background in general biology and genetics.

The program features exciting research opportunities across disciplines, including collaborative projects in the Institute for Bioinformatics and Evolutionary Studies (IBEST).

This program could be a good fit if you:

  • Enjoy solving complex puzzles
  • Are inquisitive and a creative problem solver
  • Are interested in biological systems
  • Want to lead cutting-edge research
  • Have strong analytical and mathematical skills
  • Like working with computers

With this degree, you may become a/an:

  • Natural Sciences Manager
  • Computer and Information Research Scientist
  • Software Developer, Applications
  • Statistician
  • Biostatistician
  • Clinical Data Manager
  • Bioinformatics Scientist
  • Molecular and Cellular Biologist
  • Geneticist
  • Medical Scientist, Except Epidemiologist
  • Biological Science Teacher, Postsecondary
  • Health Specialties Teacher, Postsecondary

Available On-Campus