Bioinformatics is a rapidly growing interdisciplinary field which combines mathematical and computer
sciences with biology and/or medicine. With the recent advancements in biotechnology,
biologists are frequently overloaded with large datasets which need to be stored and
analyzed in automated ways. Bioinformatics provides the tools to understand complex
biological systems ranging from entire ecological systems, to specific human diseases,
to cellular and molecular networks.
Bioinformatics is a challenging field, requiring working knowledge of three different
disciplines. To enter the Master’s Program in Bioinformatics, a student must have: 1) A strong background in computer science; 2) background in
Biology and Statistics; 3) competitive GRE and TOEFL scores. For more information
on admission requirements for the graduate school at The University of Memphis, please
go to: http://www.memphis.edu/gradschool/applicant.php
The total credit hours required for graduation is 37. The core courses include: two
classes in computer science (Bioinformatics, Algorithms), two classes in Statistics
(Probability Theory, Applied Statistics), two classes in biology (Cell biology, Genomics),
and the Bioinformatics Research Seminar course (taken each semester). The remaining
credit hours may be selected from a large number of graduate classes in Mathematics,
Computer Science, Biology, Biomedical Engineering, or Electrical and Computer Engineering
at the University of Memphis.
Students may receive up to six credit hours by electing to write and defend a Master’s
Thesis Project based upon their primary research outside of course work. Research
projects may be conducted with investigators at the University of Memphis, University
of Tennessee Health Science Center, or St. Jude Children’s Hospital. Non-thesis candidates
will be required to enroll in a Research class, submit and defend a research paper
on the topic approved by their advisor.
Research Assistantships and tuition waivers are available to Bioinformatics graduate students on a competitive
basis and are renewable annually.
There is a growing need and job market for bioinformatics specialists in academic and research institutions as well as pharmaceutical
and biotechnology companies. The starting salaries for bioinformatics professionals
can range widely, depending on the institution and specialization of the individual.
Here is a list of current job opportunities in the area:
- Job Title: Software & System Developer
- Job Description: To provide the planning, implementation, testing and documentation
of software applications that support the mission of the Department of Biostatistics.
The application specifications must integrate into the software systems supported
by the Department. This position is responsible for coordinating application projects,
interpreting statistical methodology into code and for providing direction and training
to more junior members. Assists in the evaluation and adaption of new methods and
technologies. Performs other related duties as assigned or directed in order to meet
the goals and objectives of the Department. Learn more.
For more information, email email@example.com.
Congratulations to Dr. Yeasin and former Bioinformatics graduate students V. Abedi
and FE Faisal for their recent publication in BioData Mining. Read more.
Bioinformatics Program welcomes new graduate students Nahid Hasan, Sai Kommana, James Ndirangu, Kevin Okello and Quang Tran. (August 2012)
Congratulations to Supriyapriyadar Pati for completion of her Master's Thesis project,
August 2012. See abstract.
Dr. Ramin Homayouni is a founding director of the Center for Translational Informatics.
Click here for the FedEx Institute of Technology "Connection". (June 2012)
Bioinformatics Program featured "In Focus" in Spring 2012 BIOLOGY @ MEMPHIS. Click here for more information. (April 2012).
Bioinformatics Program welcomes new graduate students Reburto Lawson, Karthi Muthukuri,
Farzana Sharmin, Amulya Tamanam, and Yonghong Xie. (August 2011)
Ramin Homayouni was named Academic Editor of PLoS ONE, the largest scientific journal
in the world. Click here for more information. (February 2011)
UM to host the 10th annual TN/KY Bioinformatics Summit at the FedEx Institute of Technology,
April 1-3, 2011. Click here for the program. (February 2011)
Bioinformatics Program welcomes new graduate students Tina Chou, Bethwell Luyanje, Supriyapriyadar Pati, Goutham Posam, Jingnan Zhao, Paramesh
Katrapadi, Khaled Monsoor (August 2010).
Bioinformatics affiliate Dr. Vasile Rus receives a $1.6M grant for DeepTutor. Click here for details. (July 2010)
Grant will assist U of M researchers (Dr. Thomas Sutter and his co-investigators, Dr. Carrie Hayes Sutter and Dr. Judith Cole) in studying dioxin's link to diseases. Click here for details. (May 2010)
Dr. Yeasin and student Vida Abedi will present a poster at the 2010 American Academy
of Neurology annual meeting (April 10-17, 2010) in Toronto. Click here for the abstract. (April 2010).
UM Bioinformatics students and faculty present at the 9th annual UT-ORNL-KBRIN Bioinformatics
Summit. Click here for all of the abstracts. (March 2010)
Newest Bioinformatics affiliate faculty member, Dr. Duane McKenna, joins UM in January 2010.
Bioinformatics Program welcomes new graduate student Behrouz Madahian (January 2010)