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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.  

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ACCEPTED TO UPENN GCB! Wow so excited. 

Got Interview at Tri -I  CBM !! my top choice !!!

Just heard from UCLA (the email came from a specific professor I indicated interest in, which I suppose is why these are being sent at different times?). Congrats and good luck to all!! Penn St

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I am an undergraduate student from China. will add my profile later

Institutions/Programs:

  • Stanford BME
  • Harvard     BBS/BIG
  • MIT     CSB
  • Princeton     QCB
  • Caltech     Biology-system
  • Cambridge    Wellcome Sanger Institute 
  • Yale     BBS-CBB
  • Upenn     GCB
  • CMU    CPCB
  • Columbia University    IPCMB
  • UW    Genome Sciences
  • Duke     Computational Biology
  • EMBL-EBI    Bioinformatics
  • NYU    SCB
  • Wustl     CSB
  • UCLA     Bioinformatics
  • Umich ab    PIBS
  • Tri-Institution CompBio
  • JHU    BME
  • MIT     EECS
  • UW     ECE
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Nice to hear from you both! There is quite a big overlap in the places I applied to as well. I hope the submissions went well and all the best!

  • Stanford BMI
  • Harvard BIG and SSQB
  • MIT CSB
  • Princeton QCB
  • Yale BBS-CBB
  • UW Genome Sciences and MCB
  • Duke CBB
  • Tri-Institution Comp Bio
  • University of Chicago GGSB
  • Brown Comp Bio
     
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Nice thread!  I'm applying to: 

  • Tri Comp Bio
  • Weill Cornell
  • Cornell Comp Bio
  • Princeton QCB
  • Mount Sinai
  • JHU Med School-BME
  • JHU School of Eng-BME
  • Cold Spring Harbor
  • Rockefeller
  • NYU Biomedical Informatics
  • NYU GSAS Biology
  • NYU Tandon BME
  • Columbia IPCMB
  • Rutgers (New Brunswick)
  • NJIT CS
  • Van Andel Institute

Good luck to everyone!  

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On 10/1/2020 at 8:48 PM, tzenst said:

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.  

The nature of GradCafe, things get mixed.  Examples of this include those interested in marine biology posting to Earth Sciences and those interested in bioinformatics or computational biology posting to Computer Science or even Medical.  Those interested in ecology may be at a lost.  

As most will likely know, bioinformatics programs may be housed in a variety of schools/departments, and sometimes even within the same university (school of medicine, CS department, biology department, cell/molecular, etc.).  Bioinformatics cast a wide umbrella over 10 or subject areas and with most things turning to 'informatics and 'omics these days, likely more.  As someone with an MS in bioinformatics I strongly encourage you to know what type of bioinformatics you want to study before you apply anywhere.  

My background is marine biology with a solid mix of Interdisciplinary studies thrown in (chemistry and biology).  I have an MS in bioinformatics.  My interest, as you may guess, is to combine the two for a Ph.D. 

Where I am applying/applied:

University of Maine.

University of Maryland, MEES.

University of Rhode Island.

University of New Hampshire. 

Brown. 

Maybe University of Delaware.  

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Everyone is apply very good schools 

Penn Medicine GCB 

NYU medicine  System and Coputational biomedicine 

Thomas Jefferson 

Mount Sinai 

Princeton  Computational biology 

Duke  Computational biology and bioinformatics 

Tri -I   CBM 

USC  bioinformatics 

BU bioinformatics 

UMass medical school bioinformatics 

Baylor College of Medicine 

UT-health MD anderson  

 

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Thanks for starting this thread @tzenstI applied to:

  • MIT CSB
  • MIT BE
  • Harvard BIG
  • Harvard SSQB
  • U Wash Genomics
  • Columbia Systems Biology
  • Yale CBB
  • Cambridge Physics

Thinking about MIT EECS but finding it very hard to get motivated in what I suspect is an even more competitive applicant pool.

Fingers crossed, we get to meet during the virtual interviews cycle!

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I applied to Cambridge in October and received an acceptance so I decided to only apply to reach schools afterwards. @Sky_china don't feel bad about your selection of schools. It looks like a wonderful distribution, and I think the most important thing is just to apply. After that it's all up in the air for everyone, not only program acceptance but also research itself. There are going to be leading labs in every institution :)

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4 hours ago, EggplantFondue said:

Thanks for starting this thread @tzenstI applied to:

  • MIT CSB
  • MIT BE
  • Harvard BIG
  • Harvard SSQB
  • U Wash Genomics
  • Columbia Systems Biology
  • Yale CBB
  • Cambridge Physics

Thinking about MIT EECS but finding it very hard to get motivated in what I suspect is an even more competitive applicant pool.

Fingers crossed, we get to meet during the virtual interviews cycle!

No problem! Good luck with your applications and hope to bump into you too. :)

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Hi everyone! I'm a senior undergrad from Vanderbilt in Nashville, TN, and I just got an interview request from UPenn GCB!!

I have applied to:

  • Penn State Bioinformatics and Genomics [interview request 12/7]
  • UPenn GCB [interview request 12/8]
  • Harvard BBS 
  • Harvard Human Evolutionary Biology
  • UW Genome Sciences
  • UCLA Bioinformatics
  • UC Berkeley CCB
  • UChicago GGSB
  • Princeton QCB
  • Stanford Biology
  • UCSC PBSE-BMEB
  • UCSF BMI
  • UNC GDBBS
  • Emory PBEE

Best of luck, everybody!!

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9 minutes ago, ChagyrskayaNeanderthal said:

Hi everyone! I'm a senior undergrad from Vanderbilt in Nashville, TN, and I just got an interview request from UPenn GCB!!

I have applied to:

  • Penn State Bioinformatics and Genomics [interview request 12/7]
  • UPenn GCB [interview request 12/8]
  • Harvard BBS 
  • Harvard Human Evolutionary Biology
  • UW Genome Sciences
  • UCLA Bioinformatics
  • UC Berkeley CCB
  • UChicago GGSB
  • Princeton QCB
  • Stanford Biology
  • UCSC PBSE-BMEB
  • UCSF BMI
  • UNC GDBBS
  • Emory PBEE

Best of luck, everybody!!

First Congratulations !  Juat wondering are you contacted by the department or the professor ?  UPenn is my top choice, very nervous and a little sad

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Just now, Sky_china said:

First Congratulations !  Juat wondering are you contacted by the department or the professor ?  UPenn is my top choice, very nervous and a little sad

Thank you so much! It was the GCB program coordinator, Maureen Kirsch, who contacted me. I'm not sure about their timeline for sending all of the invitations this year - fingers crossed for you!!

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5 minutes ago, kaffeinatedkat said:

Hi! I'm applying to:

UCSF - BMI

UCLA - Medical Informatics

USC - QCB

UCSD - Bioinformatics

UC Berkeley - CB

UPenn - GCB

Harvard - BIG

Stanford - BMI

MIT - CSB

Yale - CBB

Brown - CB

Princeton - QCB

Good luck to everyone!! 

are you sure its UCLA mecial informatics not the system and computational biology program?  medical informatics is very different from bioinformatics  just curious

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