Biomolecular Engineering & Bioinformatics
The Department of Biomolecular Engineering offers interdisciplinary M.S. and Ph.D. degrees in biomolecular engineering and bioinformatics and accepts students from a wide-variety of backgrounds. A typical cohort includes incoming students from molecular biology, genetics, computer science, engineering, and mathematics. The unifying theme of our research training program is using quantitative approaches to addressing fundamental questions in biology and biomedical science.
Program coursework is designed to provide the technical skills in programming and other technical skills required for independent and advanced scientific discovery. Incoming students undertake rigorous core coursework, conduct laboratory rotations (Ph.D. only), and are exposed to a rich environment of regular seminars and group meetings. Students interact closely with biomolecular engineering and bioinformatics faculty members while undertaking their dissertation research (Ph.D.) or capstone projects (M.S.), and have first-hand access to state-of-the-art computation tools and laboratory facilities throughout their training, including cluster computing and high-throughput sequencing facilities.
The Ph.D. program prepares students to lead independent research programs in academic or industry settings. The PhD program accepts students through the BMEB track of the umbrella Program in Biomedical Sciences and Engineering (PBSE). The program duration is typically five to seven years.
The M.S. program is designed to prepare students for careers in contemporary biomedical research settings in the biotechnology industry. The program duration is typically one to two years.