University of Idaho: M.S. and Ph.D. in Bioinformatics and Computational Biology (BCB).
BCB is a research-intensive interdisciplinary graduate program established with INBRE support in 2003 that trains graduate students with an interdisciplinary core curriculum, a required rotation/internship outsider their area of expertise, in-depth training in one area, and opportunities for cutting-edge research.
Lewis-Clark State College: B.S. in Bioinformatics.
The prevailing challenges to sustainable life on earth include pioneering novel sources of renewable energy, feeding a growing human population, endangered species conservation, improving forest health and emerging infectious disease mitigation. Current innovations in
biotechnology such as precise genome editing, phenomics and ultra-high throughput DNA sequencing technologies have a tremendous potential to address these challenges and have indeed contributed to new findings in cancer genomics, genetic disorders, biofuels, C4 photosynthesis, and drug discovery. The rapid ascendency of the 21st century bioeconomy had created career opportunities in cancer genomics, personal genomics, precision agriculture, paleogenomics, pharmacogenomics, gene function discovery and next-generation biofuels. These emerging fields require specialized skillsets in bioinformatics to generate key insights from large-scale DNA sequencing datasets.
The Lewis-Clark State College undergraduate program in Bioinformatics provides a cost-effective opportunity for studying cutting-edge bioinformatics skills in small classroom settings. On-campus facilities include high-performance computing clusters dedicated to bioinformatics research and large-scale data analysis. Topics of focus include whole genome assemblies and analysis, transcriptomics, metagenomics, mutation detection, small silencing RNAs, digital image classification, machine learning, and biostatistics.
Bioinformatics faculty actively pursue biomedical research funding opportunities and are currently investigators in various ongoing NIH and NSF funded research projects. As a result, students have opportunities for undergraduate research mentoring, summer research assistantships, internships, research conference presentations and scientific publications.