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  1. Hello everyone! (This is an updated post from the previous year. I simply copy/pasted it because I did not find anything on computational biology programs for Fall2022) For citing purposes: https://forum.thegradcafe.com/topic/125918-2021-computational-biologybioinformaticssystems-biology-phd-admissions/ I saw posts about computational biology/bioinformatics/systems biology programs for previous years but there is nothing posted for the 2022 cycle. I thought I'd be nice to get things started for this cycle - it was great read through previous posts for those interested in more computationally-inclined programs. It'd be nice to hear about everyone's thoughts on where they are applying to and to hear about news/updates/tips anyone has as well as we progress with applications. All the best and stay safe.
  2. Hello, I interviewed for bioinformatics programs at UCSF, UCLA, UCSD, and WashU. I'm am fairly confident I will be accepted so I wanted to get people's opinions on their programs. I completed my masters in clinical research and data science. I am volunteering in the lab of a PI I am interested in having as an advisor. I am interested in multiomics, knowledge networks(HetNets), clinical/medical informatics, methods in single cell analysis such as cytof. All these programs are incredible and I feel very fortunate to be in this position. Thanks!
  3. Hello everyone! (This is an updated post from the previous year. I simply copy/pasted it because I did not find anything on computational biology programs for Fall2022) For citing purposes: https://forum.thegradcafe.com/topic/125918-2021-computational-biologybioinformaticssystems-biology-phd-admissions/ I saw posts about computational biology/bioinformatics/systems biology programs for previous years but there is nothing posted for the 2022 cycle. I thought I'd be nice to get things started for this cycle - it was great read through previous posts for those interested in more computationally-inclined programs. It'd be nice to hear about everyone's thoughts on where they are applying to and to hear about news/updates/tips anyone has as well as we progress with applications. All the best and stay safe.
  4. Hello everyone! I hope you all are well as you can be, considering everything 2020 has collectively thrown at us. I saw posts about computational biology/bioinformatics/systems biology programs for previous years but there is nothing posted for the 2021 cycle. I thought I'd be nice to get things started for this cycle - it was great read through previous posts for those interested in more computationally-inclined programs. It'd be nice to hear about everyone's thoughts on where they are applying to and to hear about news/updates/tips anyone has as well as we progress with applications. All the best and stay safe.
  5. I sort of have equal but separate interests in gene regulation and cancer genomics...I suspect this decision will also represent picking between the two. With that said, I'd love to hear which program you guys would pick and why! It's so hard to figure things out based only on a virtual visit...
  6. Hey everyone, I saw a 2019 post for computational biology/bioinformatics/systems biology, but nothing posted yet for the 2020 cycle. I thought I'd get it started for this year because it was nice to read through a thread from last year that was separate from the biology postings. I'm curious to hear where everyone is applying to, and any news/tips anyone has as well. And of course staying updated once results start rolling in after the application deadlines. Good luck to everyone!
  7. Dear all, I'm currently doing bioinformatics research in human genetics in a niche area (neuro-genetics). I have had a great opportunity to research on some threatening public-health topics with genomics as tool to address them. Now, I definitely come to a point where I enjoy doing what I'm doing, in and out intense amount of data cranking. It is all hunky-dory, however I'd like to progress my career for several reasons: a) I'd like to do something more b) I'm stuck in middle of the hierarchy with my current education degree c) circuitous immigration paperwork that adds more complexity to point b. I'd like to make progress policy making or towards to the finance side of the system where tonnes of data are used to reach to decisions and those policies affecting millions of people out there. But I don't know how to proceed. What PhD programs to aim for. I'd like to keep two components: 1) genetics as that is the backbone and would assist me to have an entry towards health policy making part. 2) policy or economics side. Below is my a brief outline of CV: Education: MS (US) and UG (Asia) in Bioinformatics; CGPA: 3.8/4.0 in MS, 7/10 in UG Work experience: 7 in total: 2 in IT, 5 in research (so far) Research work experience Human genetics: 3 years Bacteria: 3 years Research Papers: Few second author, one first author, 2 first author in preparation. Decent impact factor for both second and first author Posters: 3 first author, 2 second author miscellaneous: R library Package development, Web skills minimal, Latex beginners' level, bash scripting, python beginner level and few other. I'm based out of the US (east coast), would like to aim for Columbia, Harvard, Princeton (or that league). I did my MS from one of the top tech institutions (in the US). I've GRE score valid 315 (Quant: 160, Verbal: 155, AWA 4.0). I'm in early 30s if that is an important factor.
  8. I’m interested in pursuing research in computational and systems biology (not really sure how much of each, and maybe structural biology would be nice too) and I’m somewhat restricted to staying in the NYC area. Right now I’m primarily considering Sloan Kettering and Columbia. Any thoughts on which one is better and/or more prestigious?
  9. I have completed BTech Biotechnology from Anna University, Chennai India in 2014 with a cgpa of 8.86, Department first, university rank holder. Have an above average academic record and IELTS score 8. Worked as an IT professional for five years. Now married, looking for masters in canada in Health Informatics or Bioinformatics. From the official websites of the top 20 universities of Canada, I can see I meet the basic eligibility criteria. But, recently one of the consultants I spoke with, told me that I have higher chances of being rejected either in the application phase or in the Visa phase because I am trying to apply for a life science course but have a good work experience in IT. Is it true? If yes, what other courses should I be looking for? I can share more information if required.
  10. this is for people like me who despise the toxic gradcafe forums and just want to know whether they should begin focusing their attn to programs they still have a shot at instead of being left hanging by programs that don't tell you about rejections/completed offers. No stats, no chancing - private message or start a new thread if you want to do that (:
  11. I have Bsc in Human Anatomy and would love to get masters in Bioinformatics. What are my chances? What do I need to know?
  12. I have Bsc in Human Anatomy. I am passionate about Bioinformatics and would love to get a masters. What are my chances? What do I need to know? Advice please?
  13. Got unofficial acceptance today. Join if you are on the same boat 🙂
  14. 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 University in St. Louis - Human and statistical genetics 2. Johns Hopkins - Human genetics, Biomedical engineering, Pathobiology 3. Boston University - Bioinformatics 4. UNC Chapel Hill - BSSP 5. Tri-institutional program (Cornell, Sloan Kettering, Rockefeller) - Computational Biology 6. Columbia - Biomedical informatics + PIBS umbrella program 7. University of Pennsylvania - GCB 8. Emory - Biostatistics 9. University of Washington - Genome Sciences 10. NYU - Systems and computational biomedicine 11. CMU-Pitt - Computational biology 12. Harvard - BBS
  15. Undergrad Institution: International school (world 28th in CS, 100-200 in life sciences, 49 overall in QS ranking) Major(s): Cell and molecular biology Minor(s): N/A GPA in Major: 3.491 Overall GPA: 3.281 Position in Class: not sure, probably upper-half; graduated with second upper-class honor (HK system, similar to UK's). Graduate Institution: the same school as undergraduate school Major(s): M. Phil (2-year research degree, similar to first 2 year in PhD) in computer science and engineering, thesis project is on bioinformatics Overall GPA: 3.694 Type of Student: International male (quite a number of programs say that they do not have enough funding to cover tuition for international students....) GRE Scores (revised/old version): Q: 157 V: 169 W: 3.5 TOEFL Total: 109 Research Experience: Equivalent 50 months full-time research (some application form require that by converting part-time experience to full-time ones), mostly in bioinformatics (multi-omics & method development) 7 projects listed on CV. 3 in undergrad, two of which are wet-lab, another is multi-omics bioinformatics study. One wet-lab project yield in a 4th authorship in PNAS (direct submission); Been able to do some higher-level experiments in undergrad, for example, confocal microscopy, Y2H and FRET 4 in postgrad: 3 manuscripts in prep, one is the thesis project which should be a 1st-authorship and hopefully on a prestigious journal (but unfortunately, I'm not able to get it published now apparently); another one of the 3 should be a co-first if things work smoothly. The thesis project is luckily a hot open question in the field. Quite a number of my PI-of-interests are working on the same problem using various approaches. A side collaborative-project (which I'm not the major working force) yields another 4th-authorship on a specialized biology journal (if > 20) LORs Got one letter from my thesis advisor, another two from two PI-in-collaboration in my thesis project (h-index 36, 124, 36 respectively). All should be strong as our relationship is quite good generally. My advisor might or might not have connections with faculties I listed as interested, for some of them are in the same ENCODE project. SOP No idea whether I nailed it or not... Awards/Honors/Recognitions: (Within your school or outside?) - Received university entrance scholarship - Another scholarship that covers half of my undergraduate tuition fees Pertinent Activities or Jobs: (Such as tutor, TA, SPS officer etc...) - TA for a 3000-level CS course, >100 students, has lab session and tutorial courses - RA in current research lab. Applying to Where: UCSD: BISB, Princeton QCB, Harvard BIG, MIT CSBi, WashU DBBS-CSB, UW Genome Sciences I contacted 4 profs in UCSD and Princeton, but only get 1 reply from UCSD. The email reads that he is impressed but still I need to pass the committee first. So I guess that may not be too helpful for me to get the interview?
  16. 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
  17. 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!
  18. 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
  19. 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.
  20. 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, WashU, JHU, 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.
  21. 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.
  22. 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
  23. 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.
  24. 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.
  25. 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.
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