The MS in Bioinformatics and Molecular Biochemistry is offered by the Graduate School of the Columbian College of Arts and Sciences at the Foggy Bottom campus in Washington District of Columbia. This educational program consists of two tracks a Biochemistry track and a Bioinformatics track. The program provides schedule flexibility (classes are held in the late afternoons and evenings), options to choose between a thesis or non-thesis tracks and between a 1-year or a 2-year program. In light of the COVID-19 pandemic caused by SARS-CoV-2 the Bioinformatics Track provides an excellent opportunity to learn skills that are becoming increasingly important in biomedical research. Students will be encouraged to interact with department faculty who are creating bioinformatics research opportunities that can be pursued remotely or in-person. It combines a rigorous and up-to-date curriculum with hands-on experience in a myriad of laboratories and research initiatives and allows students to partially create their own program by offering a diverse elective courses pool. The program includes students coming from many countries, and our graduates have gone on to successfully pursue many career paths. In addition, the Institute of Biomedical Sciences offers a Ph.D. track in Biochemistry and Molecular Genetics.
The Department has a passionately committed Teaching Faculty with a strong biomedical research background, who teaches most of the undergraduate, graduate, medical and allied health biochemistry and molecular biology courses. The Research Faculty develops and teaches the advanced courses for the MS and Ph.D. programs, and mentors students in their research projects.