In the last decade, the fields of genomics, proteomics, imaging and neuro-recording have seen extraordinary advances in high-throughput genome-scale data acquisition and analysis capabilities. The data so acquired enable unprecedented descriptions of complex biological systems (cells, tissues, organisms) through quantitative and qualitative modeling.
Such high-end bioinformatics applications push the envelope of both computational speed and storage space. With the advent of supercomputers, faster and more capable computer architectures enable researchers to tackle some of their most challenging computational problems.
There is a growing need for scientists who have an educational background that integrates biology with computer science and mathematics, who have the background knowledge and technical expertise to fully explore the possibilities provided by this wealth of data and the capacity to analyze it, leading to new biological inferences and breakthrough discoveries.
The faculty at the ICB are deeply committed to preparing the next generation of scientists for the challenges they will face by providing a comprehensive, multidisciplinary, integrated education program. Our graduate programs (listed below) provide unique opportunities and emphasize the use of sophisticated mathematical and computational methods to solve problems in biology and medicine from the protein level to the organ level.