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Master of Science in

Bioinformatics

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Master of Science in Bioinformatics

Expanding the limits of biomedical knowledge.

Biotechnology and pharmaceutical organizations are increasingly viewing bioinformatics as an integral part of their research processes. As biomedical industries seek to make use of vast amounts of genomic data and produce more complex and accurate biological models, they are relying more and more on bioinformatics’ mathematical, statistical and computational methods.

The online Master of Science in Bioinformatics degree offers students a comprehensive computational biology program with focus areas that include systems biology, genomics, proteomics and statistical genetics. The program’s multidisciplinary nature attracts students with backgrounds in biomedical research, life science, information technology, engineering and statistical modeling. Students learn to become experts in the research problems that define the search for new drugs as well as the cutting-edge information technology used to analyze complex data sets.

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Graduates of the program are equipped to:  
  • Apply a variety of skills to the processing, storage, analysis and modeling of many types of biological data.
  • Provide valuable insights into the understanding of complex biological systems and their quantitative data.
  • Positively impact research projects in the corporate and academic sectors.
  • Effectively communicate and present bioinformatics analysis to multidisciplinary project teams.

The 30-credit program consists of six required courses and four electives.

Courses

M.S. in Bioinformatics

The 30-credit Bioinformatics program is comprised of six required courses and four electives. Core courses provide students with a focused education surrounding fundamental topics in the field, while electives build upon specific professional skillsets and allow students to enrich and round out their studies.

Below is a sample Bioinformatics curriculum. Please note that available courses are subject to change.

Core required courses

RBIF 100: Bioinformatics Scripting and Programming
RBIF 101: Structural Bioinformatics
RBIF 109: Biological Sequence Analysis
RBIF 111: R for Biomedical Informatics
RBIF 112: Mathematical Modeling for Bioinformatics
RBIF 115: Statistical Genetics

Possible electives

RBIF 102: Molecular Biology, Genetics and Disease
RBIF 106: Drug Discovery and Development
RBIF 108: Computational Systems Biology
RBIF 110: Cheminformatics

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Careers

Advance your education and career

Professionals specializing in bioinformatics excel in applying information technology and complex computational approaches to the particular problems of contemporary biotechnology and pharmaceutical organizations. Individuals who productively unite these fields offer biomedical organizations invaluable resources and promise to lead innovation in these industries.

Our students work or have worked at prestigious organizations such as:

  • Partners Healthcare
  • AstraZeneca
  • Novartis
  • Bayer Corporation
  • Biogen Idec
  • Millenium Pharmaceuticals
  • ImmunoGen, Inc.

Bioinformatics students often hold job titles such as:

  • Managed Care Analyst
  • Business Data Analyst
  • Staff Scientist
  • Director of Infrastructure Software
  • Teacher
  • Research Associate
  • Research Computing Specialist
  • Senior Systems Specialist
  • Consultant
  • Senior Signal Processing Engineer
  • Phlebotomist
  • Biological Science Technician
  • Lab service technician
  • Research Associate
  • Senior Scientist

Our students

By the numbers

The median age of Bioinformatics students in the program is 35.

The program is 49% male and 51% female.

74 students have graduated from the program since it launched in 2002.

24 students are currently working toward their Bioinformatics degree.

“As an online learner at Brandeis GPS, I found the coursework and support resources convenient and accommodating. In fact, I rarely felt as though my studies were an interruption. What I learned was immediately applicable, and I continue every day to benefit from the understanding the courses gave me.”
— Scott Paddock, GPS Student

Bioinformatics

Featured Faculty

Our Bioinformatics faculty members understand the challenges of modern industry. Whether they’re spearheading genetics research at leading pharmaceuticals or designing biological models, they structure their GPS curriculum to draw on real-world expertise and connections that ultimately help our students advance their career goals. Here is a sampling of our Bioinformatics faculty members:

  • Cliona Malony is a Principal Scientist, Diabetes Genetics Lead at global pharmaceutical leader, Merck and draws on a decade of experience in statistical genetics, genetic epidemiology and bioinformatics in academia and industry. Her work leading a research group in major pharma includes broad skills in organizational leadership, informatics and analysis.

  • Melissa Landon is a researcher in the Structural Genomics Consortium at the University of Toronto and the founder of LogPhase LLC, a scientific consulting service assisting venture capital firms and startup biotech companies with early-stage drug discovery programs. With fifteen years of experience in biomedical research, including extensive work designing and applying computational processes to drug discovery projects and a background in project management in biomedical research, Melissa brings an organizationally savvy perspective to teaching technical topics like structural bioinformatics.

  • Andrey Sivachenko is Senior Scientist II at RaNA Therapeutics, a research organization working toward new discoveries in the field of epigenetic drugs. His more than a dozen years of experience working within computational biology have included work for organizations like Broad Institute at MIT, a collaborative biomedical research organization engaging problems in human biology and disease.

Visit the Rabb School faculty directory for a full list of Brandeis GPS instructors.

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