• Undergraduate Bioinformatics Education Conference

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    Dr. Stephen M. Jodis, Dean
    The Herbert W. Boyer School of Natural Sciences, Mathematics, and Computing
    Phone: 724-805-2631

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  • What Can I Do With a Major in Bioinformatics?

    Students majoring in Bioinformatics can look forward to careers in the healthcare, biotechnology, and pharmaceutical industries, as well as research opportunities in universities and government laboratories. They will also be well-prepared to apply to dental or medical schools. This is a growing field with enormous career opportunities at the Bachelor’s, Master’s, and Doctoral levels - demand is high for individuals with a combination of biological knowledge and computational skills. Graduates of the program may find themselves creating databases for a gene discovery project, using computer modeling to characterize the structure and function of a newly discovered protein, employing computational models to predict the spread of disease, or helping manage and analyze data from clinical trials.  As you can see from the examples below, there are a variety of opportunities available to graduates from the program.

    Program Alumni

    Mallory is in the PhD program in Bioinformatics at the University of Michigan, studying RNA in the worm C. elegans in the Kim lab. 
    Mary obtained her Master's Degree in Biomedical Informatics from Columbia University in 2012.  She is currently a PhD student in the Biomedical Informatics department at Columbia.
    Kim is currently a PhD student in the Ecology, Evolution, and Conservation Biology program at the University of Hawaii.
    Aaron works at UPMC for a group that designs and analyzes mobile medical record interfaces.
    Martin Sherbondy (2012)

    Josh Martin (Dec. 2012) 
    Josh is a student in the Masters Program in Bioinformatics at Johns Hopkins University.   
    Aaron Lazuka (2013) 
    Aaron is attending Dental School at West Virginia University.

    Nick Huhn (2013)

    Nick is a Master's Student in the Health Care Policy & Management program at Carnegie Mellon University.