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 Deadline December 1

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. 


Computation, Bioinformatics, and Statistics (CBIOS) Training Program

Students are also eligible to apply for a 2-year fellowship to participate in the NIH-funded CBIOS Training Program. More information about the training faculty, curriculum, and application process is available on the CBIOS Training Program website.


Molecular, Cellular and Integrative Biosciences (MCIBS)

More information for the current and prospective students, career development, career exposure seminar and events, external fellowship opportunities see: Molecular, Cellular and Integrative Biosciences (MCIBS) program.