Why become a bioinformatics expert?
Recent years have seen an explosive growth in biological da
But how to become a bioinformatics expert?
Bioinformatics combines the tools and techniques of mathematics, computer science and biology in order to understand the biological significance of a variety of da
Now you don't have to go through university twice. More and more interdisciplinary programs emerge, for example at the Computer Science and Biotechnology Department at Bielefeld University, Germany. The introductory courses in its bioinformatics program are similar to those of 'classical' computer science: algorithms and da (Computational Molecular Biology) with Bioinformatics Here you can study a 'classical subject' and still specialize in bioinformatics. Protein Analysis (Computational Molecular Biology) Trinity College biocomputing courses
Biocomputing Programs in Europe: Bioinformatics Bielefeld University Germany Bioinformatics University of Tuebingen Germany Molecular Modelling and Bioinformatics Birkbeck College United Kingdom Center for Biological Sequence Analysis The Technical University of Denmark Denmark MSc Bioinformatics Dublin City University Ireland MSc Bioinformatics Cranfield University at Silsoe United Kingdom CAOS/CAMM Centre for Molecular and Biomolecular Informatics Netherlands MSc Bioinformatics for Health Sciences Universitat de Barcelona/Universitat Pompeu Fabra Spain MSc in Quantitative Genetics & Genome Analysis University of Edinburgh United Kingdom ComBi University of Helsinki Finland MRes in Bioinformatics University of Leeds United Kingdom Bioinformatics University of Manchester United Kingdom Master of Philosophy in Molecular Biology University of Nottingham United Kingdom MSc Bioinformatics University of Oxford United Kingdom MSc Bioinformatics University of Skövde Sweden MRes in Bioinformatics University of York United Kingdom Some institutions are offering training courses in this area. Bioinformatics related Professional Development Courses University of Oxford Bioscience Programme United Kingdom Bioinformatics Courses and Seminars University of Uppsala Sweden Theoretical DNA and Stockholm Graduate School in Biophysics Sweden Bioinformatics University of Bergen Norway Theoretical Biology / Bioinformatics Group Utrecht University Netherlands Bioinformatics The University of Dublin Ireland Bioinformatics course Laboratory for Molecular Biology - Genzentrum, Ludwig-Maximilians-University of Munich Germany Sequence analysis / UK human genome mapping centre United Kingdom Informatics in Biology Pasteur Institute France
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Here you can study a 'classical subject' and still specialize in bioinformatics.
What about the future?
In USA, anyone you ask about job prospects in the world of bioinformatics for young scientists will give the same answer: This field is hot! It is far from being overpopulated (at least in 1997 :-), and the number of jobs is growing further. Some of the biggest drug firms - like SmithKline Beecham, Merck, Johnson & Johnson, and Glaxo Wellcome - are hunting for bioinformatics experts while smaller firms have difficulties to get the staffers they want. In Europe, especially in Germany, the situation is less enthusiastic but we're hopefully catching up. While traditional scientific job markets are shrinking, here might be the opportunity many young scientists are looking for.
Bioplanet offers a list of current job postings and more interesting articles and links about bioinformatics.