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What is Bioinformatics?

Bioinformatics is an interdisciplinary field of inquiry that effectively combines the life sciences and computer science with information technology. Bioinformaticists use computers to analyze, organize, and visualize biological data in ways that increase the understanding of these data and lead to new discoveries.

Who Benefits from the Bioinformatics Program?

Graduates of this program will be well-qualified for graduate level studies or rewarding careers as:

  • bioinformatics software developer
  • biomedical research
  • biotechnology
  • comparative genomics
  • genomics
  • molecular imaging
  • pharmaceutical research and development
  • proteomics
  • vaccine developer

What Will I Learn?

Upon completion of this program graduates will:

  • Develop programming, data analysis, and data manipulation skills
  • Analyze contemporary problems in medicine, public health, and biology using computational approaches ¬†
  • Synthesize issues across the disciplines of biology, computer science, and mathematics to inform inquiry in the health sciences and basic sciences
  • Communicate effectively with diverse stakeholders, individually and in group settings, using verbal, written, and electronic modes of communication.

Why GW?

The program's versatile blended format provides students an opportunity to advance their education without sacrificing a rigorous curriculum or access to the resources and experts at GW. Students learn from nationally renowned faculty and experts within the field of bioinformatics. The curriculum allows students to be taught face to face and online. In person courses will be held at the Virginia Science and Technology Campus in Ashburn, VA.