What is Bioinformatics? 

Bioinformatics is an interdisciplinary field that develops methods and software tools for modeling and understanding biological data and systems that are typically represented by large amounts of data.  Bioinformatics is a combination of computer science, statistics, informatics and engineering to analyze and interpret biological and genomic data.   The range of Bioinformatics spans the analysis of  molecular data to quantifying clinical, imaging and diagnostic data for personalized medicine and healthcare.  Bioinformatics is used for the identification of candidate genes to better understand the genetic basis  of disease, unique adaptations, and differences between populations.  This also includes analysis of gene expression, systems biology, and understanding the evolutionary history of life.  In structural biology,  it aids in the simulation and modeling of DNA,RNA, 3-D protein structures as well as biomolecular interactions.  With rapid advances in gene therapy, genetic engineering, gene editing and drug discovery, the field of Bioinformatics provides a diverse range of opportunities and career paths for engineers.


Bioinformatics Course Map | Suggested Course Sequence 3/1/2017

Track Requisites  
ENGR:2730  
 Computers in Engineering
ECE:3330     
 Intro to Software Design
BME:5320    
 Bioinformatics Techniques
BME:5330    
 Computational Genomics
Track Electives
Engineering Topics:
IE:4172         
 Big Data Analytics
BME:4310      Computational Biochemistry
ECE:5330       Graph Algorithms & Combinatorial Optimization
ECE:4480     
 Knowledge Discovery
ECE:5450     
 Pattern Recognition
Other Suggestions:
ANTH:2320    Origins of Human Infectious Disease
BIOL:4213    
 Bioinformatics
BIOL:2512    
 Fundamental Genetics
BIOL:3314    
 Genomics
CS:3110        
 Introduction to Informatics
CS:3330        
 Algorithms
CS:4740        
 Large Data Analysis
CS:5350        
 Design and Analysis of Algorithms
CS:5430        
 Machine Learning
ECE:5800     
 Fundamentals of Software Engineering
ECE:5820     
 Software Engineering Languages and Tools

Note:  Two electives must come from the list of Engineering Topics

 
Bioinformatics Academic Advisors
Terry Braun

Terry Braun
Thomas Casavant

Thomas Casavant
David Kristensen

David Kristensen
Michael Schieders

Michael Schnieders