Bioinformatics Option (Interdisciplinary and Collaborative Programs)
||Faculty of Science
|Field of Study:
||Bioinformatics research lies at the intersection of biological/medical sciences and mathematics/computer science/engineering. The intention of the Bioinformatics Option is to train students to become researchers in this interdisciplinary field. This includes the development of strategies for experimental design, the construction of tools to analyze datasets, the application of modeling techniques, the creation of tools for manipulating Bioinformatics data, the integration of biological databases and the use of algorithms and statistics.
Students successfully completing the Bioinformatics Option at the Ph.D. level will be fluent in the concepts, language, approaches and limitations of the field and have the capability of developing an independent Bioinformatics research program.
||Bioinformatics Option (Interdisciplinary and Collaborative Programs) at McGill University - Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies
McGill recently approved the Graduate Option in Bioinformatics at the MSc and PhD levels. Students who are interested in doing Bioinformatics research must still apply to their "home" department. That is, a student who studied Biochemistry at the undergraduate level (or MSc level) will apply to the Biochemistry department. Mathematicians would apply to the Mathematics department. If they are accepted and a supervisor is found who is interested in Bioinformatics, the student could then join the Graduate Option in Bioinformatics (BioOpt). If the student and supervisor wish, the students committee would consist of members of the home department, members of the MCB and other members relevant to the specific research proposed.
The student has to meet the requirements of their home department and additional requirements specified by the BioOpt program. The BioOpt program offers five courses open to only students within the BioOpt program. These courses are coordinated/taught by instructors from the three faculties and 14 departments.
Program Last Updated: Jul 3, 2012