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Universities offering computational biology degrees??

Stefan Larson stefan.larson at utoronto.ca
Thu May 25 12:21:10 EST 2000

Hi Armand,

You could check out http://iscb.org/univ.html. There's a list of some
degree programs there. If you're going to grad school, the most
important thing is to pick an area of biology that really interests you
and excites you. You can pick up the computational knowledge you need as
you go. Computational biology is still pretty new, so any program
offering a specific curriculum in comp bio is probably just a collection
of mol bio and stats and comp sci courses, which is tied together by one
or two courses taught by one of the two or three profs doing
bionformatics/comp bio at the university. You'll learn way, way more
from your own research than you will from the course work anyway, so do
your homework in picking a research area and some labs you might be
interested in joining. Check out their websites, read their papers,
e-mail them. Most profs love to hear from eager potential grad students
(especially if you have some computing experience), so don't be shy.

Keep in mind that comp bio is most effective and rewarding when applying
well-proven computational and mathematical tools (often in innovative
ways) to important, relevant, and exciting biological problems. Good
luck and get in touch if you have more questions. I was you a few years



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