Bioinformatics, PhD

BMSP 6340Curr Prob Res App Genes/Genom2
BIPG 5200Statistical Methods in Bioinformatics3
BIPG 5100Fund Bioinformatics Proteomics3
INDI 6020On Being a Scientist1
BMSP 6390Mentored Research1-15
BIPG 6100Bioinformatic Computation3
BMSP 6350Cell Biology & Signaling (either/or)3
BIPG 6400Applications of Bioinformatics3
BRIM 6200Biomarker Disc,Valid & Impleme3
BIPG 5400Biodatabases1
BIPG 6890Independent Study in BPG4
BIPG 5300Current Topics in BPG1
BIPG 9990Dissertation Research in BIPG1-9
BIPG 6500Applied Statistics for Bioinformatics3
BIPG 6200Advanced Programming in Bioinformatics3
BIPG 7300Transcriptomic Data Science3
BIPG 7350Algorithms for Bioinformatics3
BIPG 6300Clinical Proteomics2
Plan of Study Grid
First Year
First TermHours
BIPG 5100 Fund Bioinformatics Proteomics 3
BIPG 5200 Statistical Methods in Bioinformatics 3
BMSP 6340 Curr Prob Res App Genes/Genom 2
BMSP 6390 Mentored Research 1
Second Term
BIPG 6100 Bioinformatic Computation 3
BMSP 6350 Cell Biology & Signaling 3
BIPG 6400 Applications of Bioinformatics 3
Biomarker Disc,Valid & Impleme
Applied Statistics for Bioinformatics
Third Term
BIPG 5400 Biodatabases 1
BIPG 6890 Independent Study in BPG 1
BIPG 7300 Transcriptomic Data Science 3
INDI 6020 On Being a Scientist 1
Students must pass the BIPG 100 Questions preliminary exam before the end of the 1st year.
Second Year
Fourth Term
BIPG 5300 Current Topics in BPG 1
BIPG 6890 Independent Study in BPG 3
BIPG 6300 Clinical Proteomics 2
BIPG 6200 Advanced Programming in Bioinformatics 3
PhD Qualifying Examination - successful completion required by end of Fall semester of Year 2
Fifth Term
BIPG 9990 Dissertation Research in BIPG 2
BIPG 7350 Algorithms for Bioinformatics 3
BIPG 5300 Current Topics in BPG 1
BIPG 6500 Applied Statistics for Bioinformatics 3
Sixth Term
BIPG 9990 Dissertation Research in BIPG 6
Third Year
Seventh Term
BIPG 9990 Dissertation Research in BIPG 8
BIPG 5300 Current Topics in BPG 1
Eighth Term
BIPG 9990 Dissertation Research in BIPG 8
BIPG 5300 Current Topics in BPG 1
Ninth Term
BIPG 9990 Dissertation Research in BIPG 1-9
Fourth Year
Tenth Term
BIPG 9990 Dissertation Research in BIPG 1-9
Eleventh Term
BIPG 9990 Dissertation Research in BIPG 1-9
The PhD Qualifying Exam is taken in the Fall semester of the second year. Prior to completing the exam, students should carry out their dissertation research under the course BIPG6890 Independent Study in Bioinformatics. After passing the Qualifying Exam, students conduct their research under the course Dissertation Research (BIPG9990). The minimum number of credits required for PhD is 90, with a minimum of 25 credits of didactic coursework (letter grade), and a minimum of 30 credits of dissertation research. The remaining credits are approved electives and independent study in the Bioinformatics track.
 Total Hours69-93
  • PLO 1. K1 Describe molecular, biochemical, and cellular mechanisms involved in regulation of cellular processes and development.
  • PLO 2. K2 Explain fundamental systems biology technologies, such as proteomics, genomics and transcriptomics, and the bioinformatics tools central to their interpretation.
  • PLO 3. K3 Describe algorithmic and statistical methods for analysis of nucleic acid and protein sequences, such as hidden Markov models and Bayesian statistics.
  • PLO 4. K4 Explain principles and legal responsibilities that govern responsible conduct of research, and the accurate reporting of research results.
  • PLO 5. S1 Execute technical procedures necessary for the completion of the student’s doctoral thesis research project(s).
  • PLO 6. S2 Design and complete an independent research project.
  • PLO 7. S3 Use least two modern computer programming languages, such as PERL and Python, and the UNIX (Linux) operating system.
  • PLO 8. S4 Appraise statistical and biological significance of bioinformatic results and patterns.
  • PLO 9. S5 Demonstrate database design, management, and/or mining.
  • PLO 10. S6 Experiment productively as an individual or member of a research team.
  • PLO 11. S7 Critique, organize, and communicate research findings effectively, both orally and in writing.
  • PLO 12. S8 Interrogate electronic databases via automated scripting.
  • PLO 13. S9 Identify biomedical information for solving problems that are relevant to the appropriate completion of a research project, and the accurate reporting of the results.
  • PLO 14. P1 Ethical, responsible, and reliable behavior in all aspects of their professional lives.
  • PLO 15. P2 Honesty and integrity in all interactions with colleagues, research subjects, and others with whom students may interact in their professional lives.
  • PLO 16. P3 Professionalism in dress and grooming in compliance with health and safety rules applicable to research laboratories and to other institutional and public sites.
  • PLO 17. P4 Respect of and adherence to all laws and regulations governing the biomedical research use of animals and patient materials, and for all patient privacy issues.
  • PLO 18. P5 Respect of and adherence to all laws and regulations governing ethical use of computers and remote computational facilities.