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University of Louisville Bioinformatics

Doctor of Philosophy in Interdisciplinary Studies: Specialization in Bioinformatics

The Interdisciplinary Ph.D. Program in Bioinformatics (the Bioinformatics Program) trains students in bioinformatics for careers in research, education, and industry.

Defined as "the field of science in which biology, computer science, and information technology merge to form a single discipline"[1], bioinformatics is a broad and diverse domain, ranging from management of biological research databases to computational approaches to biomedical modeling and data analysis.

The Bioinformatics Program focuses on those aspects of bioinformatics that reflect the research interests and experience of the Program's faculty. These include basic research in biostatistical methodology, computer science and mathematical modeling with applications to biochemistry, cell biology and molecular biology. The following areas have been identified and named by the Bioinformatics Program faculty to represent the focus application areas of the Program:

  1. Biomedical and Natural Sciences
  2. Computational Sciences
  3. Mathematics and Statistics

Students in the Bioinformatics Program specialize in one of the three focus application areas and graduate with cutting-edge expertise in this area and working knowledge in the other two focus application areas.

For more information, visit the program website:

Biostatistics Ph.D. with Emphasis in Bioinformatics

The Ph.D. degree program requires 34 hours of coursework beyond the M.S., plus dissertation research. Students complete a required core of either biostatistics course work before proceeding to more advanced work in specialization areas. Students in the Bioinformatics emphases will receive state-of-the-art training in the latest statistical methods, in order to tackle the challenges associated with the study design and data analysis of modern research conducted in the health sciences. The Ph.D. provides advanced training in statistical theory and methods, with the goal of enabling the student to carry out original research. The Ph.D. program begins in the Fall semester of each year.

For more information about this program, see the Department of Bioinformatics and Biostatistics website.

[1] "Just the Facts: A Basic Introduction to the Science Underlying NCBI Resources." National Center for Biotechnology Information. Revised: March 29, 2004

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