Bioinformatics and Systems Biology
Partner University: ITMO UniversityPlace of Study: Russia
Outcome (diploma or credits): Master of Science
Duration: 2 years (120 credits)
Application Deadline: 15 July 2019
Admission Requirements: Bachelor degree in Biological Science or related fields with excellent/good grades, basic knowledge of mathematics and programming ,CV & motivation letter. Upper intermediate level of English language (B2 according to CEFR)*
Annual Tuition Fee: 203 000 Rub for Russian students, 223 000 Rub for international students
Career Options: bioinformatics experts in the fields of personalized medicine, the pharmaceutical industry, biotechnology, software development and many others. Besides, you may continue academic career by entering the leading PhD programs in Systems Biology.
Currently, computational methods are widely used in biology (due to the fact that research comes with Big Data). You need to have the skills to be able to work with large amounts of data and to interpret them correctly. This requires competence in both biology and computer science.
Simply put, the situation in modern biology is that to be just a biologist is often not enough. The Bioinformatics and Systems Biology program prepares a new generation of professionals capable of solving bioinformatics problems arising in experimental biology.
Benefits of the Program
- the Program is delivered collaboration with the Institute of Bioinformatics in St. Petersburg;
- the students have an opportunity to participate in internships at major research institutions and laboratories, as well as work on projects under the guidance of leading teachers at ITMO University, Washington University in St. Louis, INSERM, University of Nice-Sophia Antipolis, etc.
- every year, students participate in an international online competition for Bioinformatics, which attracts more than 3,000 participants from all over the world. Bioinformatics Competition problem sets are developed by the team from ITMO University — the only 7-time winner of the world's top programming competition. Winners receive valuable prizes and an invaluable experience!
- furthermore, as part of the program, there is an international Systems Biology Workshop. The organizers of the workshop are ITMO University and the Bioinformatics Institute and Washington University in St. Louis.
The students will gain
- competencies in Advanced Mathematics, Statistics and Computer Science;
- proficiency in application of computational methods for solving problems in fundamental biology;
- an opportunity to complete the full path from high-throughput data to computational analysis and to testable hypotheses in several research areas;
- a chance to have programming courses taught in the cradle of world champions in programming.
Content of the Program
- Discrete Mathematics and Algorithms
- Programming in Python
- Probabilities Theory and Statistics
- Basics of Machine Learning
- Data Analysis in R
- Systems Biology
- Molecular Phylogeny
- Population and Medical Genetics
- Structural Bioinformatics
- Research Project
The Curriculum of the Program
*The applicants are required to pass entrance examination successfully.
The list of entrance examination questions
Alexey Sergushichev, Information Technologies and Programming Faculty
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