Welcome to the GradCafe

Hello!  Welcome to The GradCafe Forums.You're welcome to look around the forums and view posts.  However, like most online communities you must register before you can create your own posts.  This is a simple, free process that requires minimal information. Benefits of membership:

  • Participate in discussions
  • Subscribe to topics and forums to get automatic updates
  • Search forums
  • Removes some advertisements (including this one!)

Search the Community

Showing results for tags 'bioinformatics'.

More search options

  • Search By Tags

    Type tags separated by commas.
  • Search By Author

Content Type


  • Comment Card
    • Announcements
    • Comments, Questions, Etc.
  • The Cafe
    • City Guide
    • IHOG: International House of Grads
    • The Lobby
  • Applying to Graduate School
    • The April 15th is this week! Freak-out forum.
    • Applications
    • Questions and Answers
    • Waiting it Out
    • Decisions, Decisions
    • The Bank
  • Grad School Life
    • Meet and Greet
    • Officially Grads
    • Coursework, Advising, and Exams
    • Research
    • Teaching
    • Writing, Presenting and Publishing
    • Jobs
  • The Menu
    • Applied Sciences & Mathematics
    • Arts
    • Humanities
    • Interdisciplinary Studies
    • Life Sciences
    • Physical Sciences
    • Professional Programs
    • Social Sciences


  • An Optimist's PhD Blog
  • coyabean's Blog
  • Saved for a Rainy Day
  • To infinity and beyond
  • captiv8ed's Blog
  • Pea-Jay's Educational Journey
  • Procrastinating
  • alexis' Blog
  • grassroots and bamboo shoots.
  • Ridgey's blog
  • ScreamingHairyArmadillo's Blog
  • amyeray's Blog
  • Blemo Girl's Guide to Grad School
  • Psychdork's Blog
  • missesENG's Blog
  • bgk's Blog
  • Tall Chai Latte's blog
  • PhD is for Chumps
  • bloggin'
  • NY or KY
  • Deadlines Blog Ferment
  • Going All In
  • In Itinere ad Eruditus
  • Adventures in Grad School-ing
  • inafuturelife
  • The Alchemist's Path
  • The Rocking Blog
  • And Here We Go!
  • Presbygeek's Blog
  • zennin' it
  • Magical Mystery Tour
  • A Beggar's Blog
  • A Senseless Game
  • Jumping into the Fray
  • Asian Studies Masters
  • Around the Block Again
  • A complicated affair
  • Click My Heels Three Times and Get In
  • dimanche0829's Blog
  • Computer Science Crossed Fingers
  • To the Lighthouse
  • Blog of Abnormally Aberrant
  • MissMoneyJenny's Blog
  • Two Masters, an Archive and Tea
  • 20/20 Hindsight
  • Right Now I'm A-Roaming
  • A Future Historian's Journey to PhD
  • St Andrews Lynx's Blog
  • Amerz's Blog
  • Musings of a Biotech Babe
  • TheFez's Blog
  • PhD, Please!
  • Blooming Ecologist
  • Brittle Ductile Transitions
  • Pleiotropic Notions
  • EdTech Enthusiast
  • The Many Flavors of Rhetoric
  • Expanding Horizons
  • Yes, and...
  • Flailing Upward
  • Traumatized, Exhausted, and Still Going

Found 21 results

  1. Created this topic to continue the discussion here. I interviewed on Feb 24th and still have not received any updates. It seems like other people have tried contacting the office directly and haven't heard back yet. If you check the results for previous years it looks like it took people a long time to hear back then as well. Someone did get an acceptance March 30th 2015 but the interview may have been March 5-7.
  2. Hey all! Just thought we should start a thread for Comp Bio/Bioinformatics/Biomedical Informatics to track all of the programs and what's going on and stop us from hunting everywhere for news! =). I applied to 12 schools and the only one I have heard back from, so far, is Duke Computational Biology/Bioinformatics - interviews Feb 9-12 or Feb 19-20.
  3. Dear grad cafe, I've posted on the questions forum, but I had no luck there so I'm posting here again. This is my first post on this cafe and wanted to ask how good is university of maryland's computational biology, bioinformatics and genomics program compared to other schools in the US. I have been offered admission for their BISI's program and also got a dean's fellowship with my package, so the offer seems nice. One thing I forgot to mention on the questions forum was that this is the only school that I have been accepted to and wondering about the schools caliber in this area. What do you guys think
  4. Got accepted into UCLA (Bioinformatics Interdepartmental Ph.D. Program) and UNC (Bioinformatics and Computational Biology - BCB). Also to Baylor College of Medicine but will probably chose between the first two. Any opinions/recommendations?
  5. Hi guys, Received two offers from Yale (Computational biology and bioinformatics) and Penn (Genomics and computational biology), I'd like to do research in human genetics and complex diseases using computational/statistical methods. Still hesitated between these two programs, anybody familiar with the GCB program? Based on my knowledge, many professors under this program are doing wet-labs and professors doing interdisciplinary research are usually assistant prof. Could anyone give me any suggestion on the choice between these two programs? Thanks a lot!!!!
  6. Dear grad cafe, This is my first post on this cafe and wanted to ask how good is university of maryland's computational biology, bioinformatics and genomics program compared to other schools in the US. I have been offered admission and also got a dean's fellowship with my package, so the offer seems nice. What do you guys think?
  7. Hi everyone, I am mostly looking at four programs that accepted me in Computational Biology: Berkeley, UCSF, UChicago, Columbia Never studied or interned at any of them before so I am hoping to know more about them outside the website~ I am most likely in academia, but I wonder for Computational Biology in general, which school might be a best fit, and what to avoid. In general as far as I know: Berkeley great for bio and cs. young. in Bay. UCSF top biomed. expensive but in Bay. less known in pan-science than biomed. Columbia young. great science. great city. not sure about biomed in general. UChicago great faculties and focus on edu. not sure about its biology within the country though. Opinions? Thank you!
  8. Hi All, I interviewed at Columbia university last weekend for the Systems Biology PhD under the integrated program- has anyone heard anything from the graduate coordinators, or from the faculty regarding systems biology or the integrated program in general? They said decisions will be made within two weeks, but a few of the current grad students said that some of them had heard sooner in previous years. Thanks and good luck to all!
  9. Hello Everyone, From the results section I can see many results related to Bioinformatics and Computational Biology are rolling in. Assuming they are not fake results posted by trolls, I am eager to hear about your results and interview experiences. If you have applied for PennState Bioinformatics and Genomics PhD programme, I would specially like to hear your experience since there are already several acceptances from that programme on the result board. Great luck for people who have not heard anything from any programme yet!
  10. I am considering the following computational biology/bioinformatics graduate programs: UCSF: Bioinformatics UCLA: Bioinformatics CMU: Joint CMU-Pitt Computational Biology UCSD: Bioinformatics and Systems Biology How would you compare these programs to each other (i.e. how do you rank them)? I appreciate your advice. Thanks so much!
  11. Is there any international student who applied for the bioinformatics PHD program in UGA and NCSU? I have submitted my application about 1-2 weeks ago but I still don't get any emails for interview. I'm a little bit worried now. Has anyone received the interview invitation already?
  12. So I'm trying to decide between applying to Master's programs or PhD programs in bioinformatics. My GPA is around 3.4 and my GRE score was 161 Verbal, 160 Quantitative, and 5.0 Writing, I'm pretty active in terms of extracurriculars and research though... I've worked in the Air Force Research Laboratory, my university's School of Medicine in three different research labs, a Max-Planck-Institute through a DAAD scholarship, and a local hospital for most of my college career. In addition, I've been active in theatre, writing several of my own pieces and performing a bunch through the University. I'm majoring in bioinformatics with minors in neuroscience, chemistry, theatre arts, and German studies. The Uni's I'm looking at for PhD programs are: Columbia University, Computational Biology & Bioinformatics/Systems Biology Specialization Boston University, Bioinformatics PhD program University of San Diego Bioinformatics PhD program I've contact each of these programs about specific requirements, but most of them were relatively general... Do I stand a chance at all? If not, most of the Master's programs I was looking into were incredibly expensive... Are there any affordable Master's programs in bioinformatics at all? First post... So if this doesn't follow any of the rules let me know ASAP and I'll delete/change it! Also if you need any more info let me know! (I'm planning on applying around December this year for Fall 2017). Thank you so much for your input!
  13. Hi Guys, It’s so inspiring to hear everyone’s stories. Good luck to everyone! I wanted to introduce myself to see if anyone is making a similar journey, or has any opinions. I’m a 25 year old medical doctor from Australia, and just finished my internship 4 months ago. I’m planning to apply to Masters of Science / professional masters programs this year for 2017 mid-year entry. I’m considering bioinformatics / computational biology, or computational neuroscience, or some field in computer science. Since high school, I’ve done a Bachelor of Science degree (3 years, accelerated into 2) majoring in Biomedical Science, and a post-grad Medical Degree (MBBS) (4 years), both from a University in the top 50-100 globally. I’ve finished my internship and received general registration in Australia. The Dream: I’ve decided I want to become a data scientist and work somewhere in biotech / med-tech / genomics / machine learning. I’m inspired by Google's DeepMind, and their work with Atari games and AlphaGo - designing incredibly sophisticated AI algorithms. I think this heralds an era of disruption by AI of many professional industries that depend on thinking skills. I’m also inspired by Craig Venter’s work creating synthetic genomes for viruses and bacteria (the ‘first synthetic life’) and I’m excited about the promise of using synthetic bacteria to process pollution, create cleaner fuels and sequester carbon. I think the two fields - artificial intelligence and synthetic life, will redefine the human condition within our lifetimes. And I think the key nexus of them is data science. I would love to build a career in this area, and work in tech startups in the bay area in San Francisco. The Reality: I currently have no research experience, minimal stats / data science and minimal computer science understanding (and no tertiary study in the area). My Plan: This year I’m working as a doctor about 30 hours per week and: 1) doing a bunch of courses in coding, machine learning, and data science 2) saving money to pay for the masters 3) get some experience in research in biomedical science I’d love to hear any thoughts on the following: Is a Computer Science MS realistic? I’m more interested in AI than biotech. Would I be a realistic candidate for top CS schools, with no tertiary experience in CS? I had strong marks in high school advanced maths and physics, but I’ve spent 7 years studying and working in biology and med. I can do 10-20 hours per week to up-skill in this area (roughly 6-7 months before applications are due and 16 months before the 2017 class would start) How much scope is there for CS electives in bioinformatics? I figured bioinformatics may be a realistic way to sneak into CS courses (like AI and robotics). Converting GPA: My GPA in science is 6.0 and my medical degree, 5.46 (both out of 7). 6 is a distinction average, and 5 is a credit average. I haven’t been able to work out how my GPA converts to the US though. What schools should I aim for in CS and bioinformatics? My list after limited research looks like this: Stanford UC Berkeley MIT Carnegie Melon Caltech Johns Hopkins Cold Spring Harbour Harvard Georgia Tech Oxford Cambridge Princeton Imperial College London UCLA UCSD Then a bunch of others in the top 50-100 Again, best of luck to everyone! If you’d like to discuss anything further, please reply here or PM me!
  14. I am an Applied Math and Bioinformatics double major looking to apply to top-tier PhD programs in Bioinformatics this fall. I was recently offered a data scientist/machine learning role in a large tech company for the summer. I have conducted research in machine learning applications to computational biology for the past two summers, worked in a laboratory for about 2 years, and was recently offered a spot in the Amgen Scholars program at my own university this summer. I want to conduct research in machine learning for biological applications, so this internship is a great opportunity to see the newest innovations in big data research (most of the best research in big data and machine learning is occurring in the tech industry); however, I have heard that many professors do not look favorably on industry internships. Will it hurt my chances of getting into a top-tier PhD program when I apply if I do a pure tech internship (not medically related)?
  15. Has anyone heard from UIUC Masters of Commputer Science in Bioinformatics? If yes, please tell me when did you receive you acceptance/rejection?
  16. I'm currently applying for graduate school and have been accepted to biomedical engineering programs and computational biology/bioinformatics programs. Which degree would be better to pursue (has better career prospects). The biomedical engineering programs I have applied to have a division in computational biology. Course work is relatively similar as well.
  17. Hi All, I interviewed at Columbia university last weekend for the Systems Biology PhD under the integrated program- has anyone heard anything from the graduate coordinators, or from the faculty regarding systems biology or the integrated program in general? They said decisions will be made within two weeks, but a few of the current grad students said that some of them had heard sooner in previous years. Thanks and good luck to all!
  18. has anyone heard from ucsd yet? it seems like the previous years already had interviews at this point.. i guess no rejection emails are a good sign though. what about other schools you've applied to? hope everyone is staying sane while waiting for emails!
  19. Hello everyone, m an engineer in singapore. i was wondering how's the bioinformatics MS program at Northeastern[Boston].. Does their co-op program guarantee a job? how are the salaries initially? would be a great help if someone shares any info.
  20. hello all. i am preparing for recruiting interviews at two well-known east coast schools. the programs are bioinformatics phd programs. for some background information, i have a bs in math+comp sci and a ms in comp sci. my research is purely computer science-based and not bio, though i did take a number of biology classes in grad school. since leaving school, i've been working on next gen sequencing hardware/software. with respect to research, i'm interested in medical/translational genomics and statistics in relation to gene expression/biomarker discovery. any advice for preparing for my interviews?
  21. First time posting:-) So I saw several of you applying for comp bio/bioinformatics/system bio PhD. Anyone interested in joining an email list of 2012 PhD applications in comp bio, bioinfo, sys bio, synthetic bio? I just created one google group. If interested, reply with your email address and I will add you. Happy New Year!