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Bioinformatics, the intersection of the biological and computational sciences, is essential to 21st-century biomedical research and fundamental to the modern-day study of biology. The field encompasses the development and application of computational tools and techniques for the collection, analysis, management, and visualization of biological data, as well as modeling and simulation methods for the study of biological systems.
The completion of the human genome sequence marked the beginning of a new era of complex biological data analytics. Scientists began to systematically tackle gene function and complex biological processes by studying organisms at the global scale, from genomes, transcriptomes, and proteomes to metabolomes and interactomes. Bioinformatics has a critical role in advancing high-throughput biotechnologies, large-scale bioscience, biotechnology, drug discovery, disease diagnosis, and systems medicine.
Graduates from the program will have gained knowledge and experience in both Biochemistry, Molecular Biology, and Bioinformatics, making them great candidates for job positions in the D.C. biotechnology hub. Graduates often pursue a career in industry, government, and academia, or pursue another advanced degree (MS, PhD, MD).