Program Description

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:

  • Biomedical and Natural Sciences
  • Computational Sciences
  • 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.

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

Mailing Address
PhD Program in Interdisciplinary Studies: Specialization in Bioinformatics
c/o KBRIN Program
522 East Gray Street
Louisville, Kentucky 40292