2020 Computational Biology/Bioinformatics/Systems Biology PhD Admissions in Biology Posted December 20, 2019 On 12/17/2019 at 12:17 AM, thelilypad said: Thanks! I'm not too hopeful on the PhDs, but we'll see. My worst case plan is reaching out to professors in my intended field and seeing if I could volunteer to research with them. Alternatively, I might leave my current job and try to stake it out in biotech, given my growing biology background. I do have a significant work history in software engineering, so I figure I should at least make the interviews. Hopefully I have some edge at USC given my formal research experience under a professor is from there, I was a CS student, and two of my letter writers are current professors in CS there. I also talked to the professor I'm interested in doing research with, and he mentioned I might be a strong candidate. But it's definitely kind of scary since most of my research-y experience is under the table so to speak (aka doing it not formally but in the context of my startup). I'm sad that this year of all years like half the programs stopped counting the GRE. I think with a CS background you shall really have a good chance . (my major was CS too btw !). Curious to know, which professor you talked to ?