Bioinformatics and Computational Biology
The field of Bioinformatics and Computational Biology (BCB) is characterized by a highly diverse confluence of traditional academic disciplines. Informatics and Bio-science are the umbrella terms given to a set of allied disciplines which make up the field, but a much larger array of traditional areas contribute to the set of tools needed by individuals training for this new and expanding interdisciplinary field. Biomedical Engineering, Electrical and Computer Engineering, Computer Science, Applied Mathematics, Genetics, Biology, Anatomy and Cell Biology, Micro Biology, and Biostatistics are the principal allied disciplines.
The Bioinformatics subtrack offers three objectives:
- The Bioinformatics Ph.D. degree program prepares students to become leading primary investigators in adacemia or a bioinformatics profession.
- The M.S. in Bioinformatics is a 1 - 2 year professional degree program that emphasizes the development of computatioal and informatics skills with an emphasis on genetics, genomics, and related areas. It prepares students for a career in bioinformatics or admission to a Ph.D. program.
- The Bioinformatics Graduate Certificate Program is a subtrack within the Interdisciplinary Graduate Program in Informatics (IGPI). This subtrack offers a certificate designed to serve graduate students engaged in a wide diversity of Disciplinary Degree Programs. The bioinformatics certificate program provides competency in fundamental biological sciences as well as computing, math, and statistics that are essential in pursuing a career, academic or otherwise, that depends on bioinformatic and/or computational analyses of biological information.
|At the University of Iowa, the study of Bioinformatics is facilitated within a number of traditional areas of graduate and undergraduate study. There is a growing list of departments and degree programs that currently offer, or are making plans to offer, coherent adjunct curricula to students pursuing Bioinformatics within existing degree programs (see list above). Upon completion of the Bioinformatics requirements of a degree program (M.S. or Ph.D.), the student is awarded a Certificate in Bioinformatics by the Graduate College. This certificate is part of the Interdisciplinary Graduate Program in Informatics (IGPI).|
BCB as an emerging discipline involves the creation of new methods for applying the capabilities of advanced mathematics, engineering and computation to problems of basic life science and biomedical interest. Examples of these problems include the understanding of the human genome, the genetic basis of disease, evolution of plants and animals, and the relationships between micro-organisms and higher-order forms of life. This list is by no means all-inclusive.