On the application form, you will need to select a track as well as faculty you are interested in working with. There are differences between tracks both in the focus of the research labs you would rotate in and potentially join, as well as in the courses you would take. Please review these track descriptions and the links below to see which track better fits your interests:
- Bioinformatics and Systems Biology (BISB): Recent and novel technologies produce biological data sets of ever-increasing resolution that reveal not only genomic sequences, but also RNA and protein abundances, their interactions with each other, their sub-cellular localization, and the identity and abundance of other biological molecules. This requires the development and application of sophisticated computational methods, encompassed by the field of Bioinformatics.
Biomedical research has risen to the challenge of understanding the integrated functions of thousands of genes. Physical and functional interaction networks chart connectivities, reveal functional modules, and provide clues on the functioning of specific genes. Using mathematical models of the stochastic and dynamical events of biology reveals fundamental design principles and allow for virtual experimentation. This is a focus of the field of Systems Biology.
- Biomedical Informatics (BMI): Rapidly increasing capabilities of rapid molecular and genomic analyses in the clinic promise to transform medical practice in unprecedented ways. The ability to cross-query data and knowledge bases provides opportunities and challenges to computational sciences interfacing with medicine to produce support systems for data management, text and language processing, privacy, clinical decision support, and data mining for knowledge discovery. These define the goals of Biomedical Informatics.
See these pages for further information about research areas in each track: