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Bioinformatics and Computational Biology Program

The bioinformatics and computational biology program brings together expertise from across Saint Louis University in biology, chemistry, computer science, mathematics and statistics, biochemistry and molecular biology.

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The program offers three degree paths:

Why Study Bioinformatics and Computational Biology?

The use of computational techniques and information systems has revolutionized research in the biological sciences — from the analysis of DNA sequences and the understanding of gene expression to the evolutionary relationship between species.

Advances in bioinformatics and computational biology may now play a central role in many fields such as genetics, genomics, biochemistry, pharmacology, ecology, medical imaging and structural biology.

St. Louis has one of the largest and fastest growing biotechnology sectors in the nation. Our industry advisory board includes representatives from Appistry, BioSTL, Cofactor Genomics, Confluence Discovery Technologies, Donald Danforth Plant Sciences Center, Mallinckrodt Pharmaceuticals, Monsanto, MoGene and Sigma-Aldrich. These organizations provide a rich landscape for internships and employment opportunities for bioinformatics and computational biology students.

Our graduates gain expertise in the fundamentals of computation and analysis of big data sets, and the use of computational methods to model and solve problems involving complex biological systems. You’ll also gain valuable research and industry experiences that will leave you well prepared for careers in biotechnology and related fields, or for further research in doctoral programs.