Graduate Program in Systems Biology and Bioinformatics

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Data Science

The Graduate Program in Systems Biology and Bioinformatics is now a part of Case Western Reserve University's Data Science degree programs.

Data science is the convergence of data engineering, math, statistics, advanced computing, the scientific method and subject-matter expertise. It involves the collection, management and transformation of "big data" into actionable information that can answer some of the world's most pressing problems. Yet there is a distinct need for data science experts who can efficiently interpret data into information that is useful for strategic decision-making.

Danica Wiredja, Ph.D. student, recently won an award for her poster, Phosphoproteomic and Bioinformatic Characterization of the Signaling Alterations in Response to a PP2A Activator in Lung Cancer at the Case Comprehensive Cancer Center Annual Retreat.

The Case Western Reserve University (CWRU) graduate program in Systems Biology and Bioinformatics (SYBB) has 4 tracks:

  • Translational Bioinformatics - Equips students to apply recent advances in genomics and proteomics to solve clinical problems in a cost-effective manner
  • Clinical Research Informatics - Prepares students to analyze large clinical data repositories to derive new knowledge pertaining to health and disease
  • Molecular and Computational Biology - Provides students the cutting edge tools to tackle a variety of biological problems using computational approaches
  • Applied Health Informatics - Students learn methods and technology to translate data to information to knowledge in the healthcare ecosystem.

Students can choose 1 of the 4 tracks for both the M.S. and Ph.D. programs.

The M.S. degree is comprised of 30 total credits and is anticipated to take two years to complete, going full time. There are two routes that can be followed, allowing students to customize their experience to match their interests. The first route, gives them the opportunity for in depth study of a topic leading to a Master's thesis while the second route allows replaces the thesis with a comprehensive written exam or major project. Alternatively the Ph.D. requires 36 total credits and is anticipated to be a five year program.

The interdisciplinary program has twenty-four faculty in many departments and centers on campus such as: Biology, Biomedical Engineering, Center for Proteomics and Bioinformatics, Electrical Engineering and Computer Science, Epidemiology and Biostatistics, Genetics, Mathematics, Neurosciences, Physiology and Biophysics, and Pharmacology.

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