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Computational Biology

The Center for Computational Molecular Biology (CCMB) offers a Ph.D in Computational Biology through either a Computer Science or BioMed focus to train the the next generation of scientists to perform cutting edge research in the multidisciplinary field of computational biology.  During the course of their Ph.D. studies students will develop and apply novel computational, mathematical , and statistical techniques to problems in the life sciences. 

The Ph.D. program in Computational Biology encompasses three individual training programs with a core of common requirements and specific requirements from individual departments of  Computer Science,  Molecular, Cell Biology & Biochemistry (MCB), and Ecology and Evolutionary Biology (EEB).  Applicants should state a preference for one of these three programs.  In addition, students interested in the intersection of Applied Mathematics and Computational Biology are encouraged to apply directly to the Applied Mathematics Ph.D. program, and also to contact relevant CCMB faculty members.

Our PhD program assumes the following prerequisites: mathematics through intermediate calculus, linear algebra and discrete mathematics, demonstrated programming skill, and at least on undergraduate course in chemistry and in molecular biology. Exceptional strengths in one area may compensate for limited background in other areas, but some proficiency across the disciplines must be evident for admission.

Additional resources: CCMB computing resources include a set of multi-processor compute clusters and data storage servers with 392 processors. The CCMB Cluster is the largest dedicated computing system on campus for computational biology and bioinformatics applications.

Completion Requirements
Six graduate-level courses, two eight-week laboratory rotations, preliminary research presentation, dissertation, oral defense

Admission Information
Admission requirements: In the personal statement, please state the preferred degree or track you intend to pursue.

GRE General: Required
GRE Subject: Not required
Application deadline: January 3