Bioinformatics and Genomics option overview
The Bioinformatics and Genomics (BG) option integrates three focal areas of research:
- Computational genomics
- Evolutionary genomics
- Functional genomics
Students receive training and experience in all three areas. Instruction is problem-based, starting with exposure to bioinformatic and genomic tools, and moving on to in-depth analysis of genomic and proteomic data. Laboratory rotations provide experience, usually in up to 3 labs before the student chooses a research project and co-advisors from among the program faculty.
Graduate students are supported for 12 months by a Huck Institutes research assistantship. The tuition and stipend is then paid for through the student's faculty advisor, for the remaining years of the five-year PhD program.
Opportunities for Under Represented Minorities and Students with Disability
BG program actively recruits students of diversity and disability. Senior undergraduate students interested in gaining research experience may consider attending Summer Research Opportunity Program (SROP) and STEM open house. Accommodations are available for students with disabilities. Students are considered for predoctoral trainee fellowship support.
Predoctoral Training Programs Funded by the National Institutes of Health
Students are also eligible to apply for a 2-year fellowship to participate in two NIH-funded training programs: Computation, Bioionformatics and Statistics (CBIOS) and Biomedical Big Data to Knowledge (B2D2K) Training Programs. More information about the training faculty, curriculum and application processes is available at the program websites.
Placements: Academic-19; Industry-8, Others-5
Average time to degree: 5.4 years
Average number of publications per student completing PhD: 4.7
Average number of first/co-first authored publications per student completing PhD: 2.1
Current positions of alumni are listed here.
Student authored publications during past five years are listed here.