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  1. Hello everybody! I am a Biochemistry major and was initially intending to double major in Computer Science, but due to some issues I will be 4 classes short of a Computer Science major to graduate on time, so I will graduate with a Biochemistry major and Computer Science minor. I have done synthetic organic chemistry for one year in my school, then I did biochemistry research (isolating a bacterial compound) during one summer in my school, and another summer I did biomedical research in another school (investigating immune responses to a gut bacteria secretion). I enjoy biomedical research but I don't want to only do wet lab for my graduate education. I don't have experience with bioinformatics or computational biology research (I took a bioinformatics class and that's it) but I am interested in going for a graduate program where I get to do both experimental bio and computational and I am finding it intimidating to find programs that are good and allow for that combination. Here are my stat: My GPA is 3.64 (I am repeating a class that I got a D in so hopefully it will go up to 3.72 by the end of this term). I have great relationship with the three of my research advisors and I think they will write me very good letters I am an international student I would really appreciate some guidance :) Thanks
  2. phylosopher

    Thoughts of UW BIME?

    Hey everyone, I've looked online and on this forum, but have found very little describing the experiences of the PhD program in Biomedical Informatics and Medical Education at University of Washington. Is there anyone that has applied to this program, how well known is it/are the faculty in this department, or any other details about the program as a whole? I have looked at the course curriculum, and am interested in many of the courses, but am worried that I won't get the core CS backing that I'd likely need to work in the field. I am a computer science major thus far, but have done most of my work in BMI. Please let me know what your experiences were like. Thanks!
  3. International student who lacks math/CS coursework looking at PhD bioinformatics programs. I have too many top tier programs in my list, and am looking for "safe schools" to add. However, given where I'm coming from, are any schools really "safe"? Also, any suggestions as to how I should proceed with my non-math/CS background are welcome. Thanks for the help! Undergrad Institution: International university, fairly average Major(s): Life sciences, biochemistry GPA: 3.5 Masters Institution: Top 5 private school, USA Major(s): Molecular biology GPA: 3.88 Type of Student: International Male GRE Scores: Q: 96% V: 90% W: 98% Research Experience: 2 summers of research during undergrad (~ 6 months total) at institutes equivalent to the NIH. in vitro and ex vivo studies (clinical research) 2 year project during Masters (preclinical drug discovery). 1 publication (average journal, impact factor ~4.5) and 1 more on the way (top tier journal). in vitro and in vivo studies 7 months (to date) after graduating (preclinical drug discovery and clinical research). in vitro, ex vivo, in vivo studies. additional experience in bioinformatics. 1 publication on the way Programming languages: R (intermediate), Python(novice) Any Other Info That Shows Up On Your App and Might Matter: Multiple leadership roles Weaknesses: While I do not have formal coursework in math (linear algebra, calc, real analysis) or computer science, I have taken statistics classes in college. My undergrad institution did not allow for that flexibility and I could not take these classes during my masters. Learned those subjects (linear algebra, calc, r, python) through coursera/edX. Recommendations: 1-2 extremely personalized recommendations, third should be average Essay: Working on how to tie my background to my interests Areas of interest: Bioinformatics/genomics/computational biology (Ideally biostat, but thats out of reach given my non math background in my opinion) PhD programs: 1. Washington Univ., St. Louis - Human and statistical genetics 2. Johns Hopkins - Human genetics, Biomedical engineering, Pathobiology 3. Boston Univ. - Bioinformatics 4. UNC Chapel Hill - BSSP 5. Tri-institutional program (Cornell, Sloan Kettering, Rockefeller) - Computational Biology 6. Columbia - Biomedical informatics + PIBS umbrella program 7. Univ. of Pennsylvania - GCB 8. Emory - Biostatistics 9. U Washington - Genome Sciences 10. NYU - Systems and computational biomedicine 11. CMU-Pitt - Computational biology 12. Harvard - BBS
  4. Hi all. Hope everyone isn't pulling out there hair like I am. Background: working in industry(illumina), applied in home city to only one program, SDSU (bioinformatics) So I ended up getting a tour from a PI, and then an email back from said PI noting that the lab is interested in me. Unfortunately, its already April 18th, and I have yet to hear back from SDSU. So I have a couple questions... 1. Is it a good sign that the professor has asked me to join? Could that affect my acceptance in a positive way? 2. Anyone know the deadlines for SDSU? 3. I didn't submit all of my materials for the program until THE DAY of the deadline. I think that this may be part of the reason I haven't heard back, as Its only been 18 days. Does this make any sense??? or am I kidding myself? Thanks for reading! Best of luck to all!! The realest Totodile
  5. I will be sending in early applications within the next 20-22 days, for the Fall '18 in-take. The list is as follows: (NOT IN ANY PARTICULAR ORDER) -Carnegie Mellon (MS Computational Biology ) -IU Purdue Uni of Indianapolis (MS Bioinformatics) -UC San Diego (MS Bioinformatics) -John Hopkins (MS Biomedical-informatics) -Virginia Tech (MS Bioinformatics) -Boston University (MS Bioinformatics) -Georgia Tech (MS Bioinformatics) -University of Michigan Ann Arbor (MS Biomedical-informatics) -Northeastern University (MS Bioinformatics) -Indiana University Bloomington (MS Bioinformatics) -Rutgers (MS Computational and Integrative Biology) I would love to hear inputs on these universities.
  6. Hi everyone, I am an international student. I completed my BS in pre-med in Boston and I am on the way to the MS in Bioinformatics. Since I did not take GRE, I only applied: Georgetown University, George Washington University, John Hopkins University, Northeastern University and Boston University. So far, I got accepted by Northeastern and JHU. I am still waiting for BU's offer. I do not know which school I should choose among BU, JHU and NEU. 1. John Hopkins University has better reputation, but I am kind of not willing to leave Boston because of my girlfriend. Of course, I am still considering JHU if I think it's worth. 2. BU is a good school, but BU only provides working experience with their own lab and med school. I am afraid that I would not be able to find a job after graduation without some internships. 3. NEU provides a unique "co-op" internship program (usually paid) intended to prepare for a job after graduation. I hope I can work in biotech-pharmaceutical industries in Boston in the future. Which school will you guys advise me to choose? Thank you so much.
  7. Hi everyone, I am an international student. I completed my BS in pre-med in Boston and I am on the way to the MS in Bioinformatics. Since I did not take GRE, I only applied: Georgetown University, George Washington University, John Hopkins University, Northeastern University and Boston University. So far, I got accepted by Northeastern and JHU. I am still waiting for BU's offer. I do not know which school I should choose among BU, JHU and NEU. 1. John Hopkins University has better reputation, but I am kind of not willing to leave Boston because of my girlfriend. Of course, I am still considering JHU if I think it's worth. 2. BU is a good school, but BU only provides working experience with their own lab and med school. I am afraid that I would not be able to find a job after graduation without some internships. 3. NEU provides a unique "co-op" internship program (usually paid) intended to prepare for a job after graduation. I hope I can work in biotech-pharmaceutical industries in Boston in the future. Which school will you guys advise me to choose? Thank you so much.
  8. Profile Evaluation for PhD in Computational Biology for Fall 2018: Student from India GRE (Expecting) : 310-315(165+ quants, 145-150 verbal) TOEFL (Expecting) : 90 - 100 B.Tech Stream & CGPA : Computer Science & Engineering , 8.83 / 10 M.Tech Stream & CGPA : Computer Science & Engineering , 9.1 / 10 (till 2nd sem) Projects in Bioinformatics : 5 ( 1 B.Tech Final Year, 1 M.Tech Thesis(ongoing), 3 Other Bioinformatics Projects) Research Internship : IIT Hyderabad (Biotech Dept. 2 Months) Papers : 3 (under review : 2 in SCI indexed international journals, 1 in IEEE conference), 1(Manuscript Preparation) , 1(M.Tech thesis work is going on, will complete by Feb 2018) Lots of Biology MOOC certified courses from online platforms LOR : 1(associate professor, senior,former hod) , 2(assistant professor) Universities Planning To Apply : 1. University of North Carolina Chapel Hill - Biological and Biomedical Sciences Program (BBSP) 2. University of Buffalo SUNY - Genetics, Genomics and Bioinformatics (JACOBS SCHOOL OF MEDICINE AND BIOMEDICAL SCIENCES) 3. University of Colorado Boulder - Interdisciplinary Quantitative Biology PhD Program 4. University of Iowa - Bioinformatics and Computational Biology (Interdisciplinary Graduate Program in Informatics) 5. University of Maryland, Baltimore County - PhD in Biological Sciences 6. University of Massachusetts Lowell 7. University of Tennessee - Genome Science and Technology 8. Indiana University – Purdue University Indianapolis - Ph.D. in Informatics with a specialization in Bioinformatics Please rate(safe, moderate, ambitious) the universities according to my profile. Thanks, Priyojit
  9. I will be sending in early applications within the next 20-22 days, for the Fall '18 in-take. The list is as follows: (NOT IN ANY PARTICULAR ORDER) -Carnegie Mellon (MS Computational Biology ) -IU Purdue Uni of Indianapolis (MS Bioinformatics) -UC San Diego (MS Bioinformatics) -John Hopkins (MS Biomedical-informatics) -Virginia Tech (MS Bioinformatics) -Boston University (MS Bioinformatics) -Georgia Tech (MS Bioinformatics) -University of Michigan Ann Arbor (MS Biomedical-informatics) -Northeastern University (MS Bioinformatics) -Indiana University Bloomington (MS Bioinformatics) -Rutgers (MS Computational and Integrative Biology) I would love to hear inputs on these universities.
  10. 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.
  11. 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.
  12. 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
  13. Cal guy

    Bioinformatics PhD - UNC vs. UCLA?

    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?
  14. 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!!!!
  15. 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?
  16. 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!
  17. 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!
  18. 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!
  19. 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?
  20. 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!
  21. 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!
  22. 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)?
  23. Has anyone heard from UIUC Masters of Commputer Science in Bioinformatics? If yes, please tell me when did you receive you acceptance/rejection?
  24. 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.
  25. 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!
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