ABOUT THE PROGRAM
Launched in 2018, the Master's program "Bioinformatics and Systems Biology" is conducted by ITMO University's International Laboratory "Computer Technologies"
in collaboration with Bioinformatics Institute
in St. Petersburg, Russia.
Our main goal is to train a new generation of specialists capable of developing and applying bioinformatics methods to solve nontrivial tasks in the field of fundamental and experimental biology.
Students of our Master's program will have a unique opportunity to:
- complete the full path from high-throughput data to computational analysis and to testable hypotheses in several research areas,
- work with some of the best computer science experts from ITMO University and biology specialists from all over the world,
- participate in internships at leading European and American research institutions and work on projects under the guidance of their employees, and a lot more.
The program provides students with comprehensive interdisciplinary training in bioinformatics and fundamental knowledge of systems biology as well as data processing.TOPICALITY
Nowadays, when biological science is at the post-genomic stage of its development, almost every study involves generation of huge amounts of experimental data: genomic, transcriptomic, proteomic and other omics data. Bioinformatics and systems biology as interdisciplinary fields that combine biology, computer science and statistics, develop methods and software tools for understanding various biological data, and focus on its correct analysis, integration and interpretation.
Bioinformatics methods are used to solve a wide range of problems from fundamental science to clinical practice and industry, including: 1) studying of evolutionary processes: the origin of species, mechanisms of antibiotic resistance genesis, etc.; 2) investigation of genetic diseases molecular mechanisms and diagnosis of such disorders; 3) structural modeling for the tasks of pharmacological industry; 4) determination of patient-specific therapy for cancer patients and patients suffering from other diseases; and others.
Studying bioinformatics and systems biology offers students a variety of innovative professions that require expertise and skills in both life sciences and IT. Our graduates can pursue careers as bioinformatics experts in the fields of personalized medicine, the pharmaceutical industry, biotechnology, software development and others, or continue scientific track.Employment places of our graduates