The Huck Institutes of the Life Sciences

Bioinformatics and Genomics

An interdisciplinary program providing educational and research training in broad areas of computational, evolutionary, and functional genomics
Application review will begin from December 1 and late applications are accepted until January 3

Penn State University, The Genome Sciences Institute at the Huck - Pushing the Frontier

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.

More about the degree requirements and curriculum.

Financial Aid

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.  

Career Outcome

Placements: Academic-19; Industry-8, Others-

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