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Bioinformatics Masters Degree Program Announcements

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.

What are the requirements to enter the Program?

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 the Graduate School website.

What is the curriculum for the Bioinformatics Master's Program?

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.

What are the job opportunities in Bioinformatics?

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. Check St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital “All Positions” for current Bioinformatics job opportunities in the area. Learn more.

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Congratulations to Dr. Duane McKenna for his recent collaborative paper in the prestigious journal Science. (November 2014)

Dr. Ramin Homayouni speaks at the annual Bill & Melinda Gates Grand Challenges meeting in Seattle. Read more. (October 2014)

FITKids will soon go public in the Memphis Community. FITKids was conceived by Bioinformatics & Center for Translational Informatics Director Dr. Ramin Homayouni, and Drs. Ken Ward and Lisa Klesges of the School of Public Health. For more information about the FITKids project check out page 4 of the September 2014 issue of the Fed Ex Institutes CONNECTIONS at (October 2014)

Spotlight: Dr. Vida Abedi, Bioinformatics alumnus, has joined the faculty at Virginia Bioinformatics Institute (September 2014)

Congratulations to Dr. Ramin Homayouni on his promotion to Full Professor. (September 2014)

Bioinformatics Program welcomes new graduate students Kelly Chao, Yojitha Dasari, Dudley Kelso, Sindhu Priya Oggu, Rong Qi, Jacob Schneider, and Ramya Valempati. (August 2014)

Bioinformatics welcomes newest affiliate faculty member, Dr. Jennifer Mandel, Assistant Professor of Biological Sciences. (May 2014)

Spotlight: Dr. Nick Furlotte, Bioinformatics alumnus and statistical geneticist at 23andMe (April 2014)

Bioinformatics Affiliate Dr. Vinthuy Phan, Associate Professor in Computer Science received a three-year $280K grant from the National Science Foundation entitled "Analysis of Gene Expression Data using Transitive Directed Graphs."  (June 2013) Learn More.

Bioinformatics Affiliate Dr. Yongmei Wang, Associate Professor in Chemistry, received a $314,493 grant from NIH. (June 2013) Learn More.

Bioinformatics Program Travel Awards in Spring 2013 were provided to Dr. Tit-Ye Wong, and Quang Tran (April and June 2013).  Learn More.


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