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Bioinformatics & Computational Biology Program

Program Director: Dr. Zhiping Weng

Notable achievements of the Program in Bioinformatics and Computational Biology include:

  • a faculty member developing an algorithm to predict protein-protein interactions, consistently scoring among the best in the CAPRI competition; 
  • faculty members awarded NIH grants; and
  • a faculty member developing a method to find the signatures of natural selection in the genomic data.

The Program in Bioinformatics and Computational Biology offers graduate study and research focused on the development and application of computational and mathematical models to biological problems, with an emphasis on the now-available, high-throughput genomic and proteomic data. Specific topics of research and study include systems biology; analysis of regulatory and metabolic networks; structure of the genome and comparative genomics; population genetics and molecular evolution; protein-protein and protein-DNA interactions; RNA; modeling of large-scale biological systems; structural biology; protein folding and modeling; and biological physics. Students receive a rigorous training in modern bioinformatics and computational biology through integration of guided research, coursework and participation in seminar programs. The program aims to bridge the gap between wet-lab biologists and computational scientists to their mutual benefit, and prepares students for careers in cutting-edge, highly quantitative biomedical research.

Requirements for Specialization 

All Basic Biomedical Science students must complete the core curriculum as well as advanced topics required by their program. Students in the Bioinformatics & Computational Biology program must take 3 advanced topics courses, two of which must be in Bioinformatics. Elective advanced topic courses can be chosen from among those offered by the program, or relevant courses offered by other GSBS programs. The plan of coursework is designed to be flexible in order to accommodate each student’s needs and areas of interest.

View year by year course sequence for Basic Biomedical Science doctoral students.