The 21st-century biology takes advantage of a major progress in many methodological approaches including genomics and proteomics. This has led to an unprecedented growth of valuable biological data. The speed of sequencing of DNA (the major source of biological data today) has grown about 400x in the last 15 years. Other areas of biology are also shifting towards methods that generate large quantities of data and it is therefore hardly surprising that the amount biological data stored at the European Bioinformatics Institute (EBI), the major repository of biological data in Europe, was close to 20 petabytes at the beginning of 2014. The amount of sequencing data alone doubles in less than a year at the EBI.
Bioinformatics is a relatively new field with the aim of making sense of the growing number of biological data, it concentrates also on the deposition and distribution of biological data. The importance of bioinformatics for basic biological research, drug development, medical diagnostics or agriculture is, therefore, growing with every sequenced nucleotide and with every solved 3D structure and it is expected to grow further. There will be also a growing demand for experts (bioinformaticians) who can use existing bioinformatics algorithms or develop new ones.
Bioinformatics is a multidisciplinary field that combines biology, statistics, and informatics – and this is going to be reflected in the study program Bioinformatics. Similarly like in our Bc. Study program in bioinformatics, two faculties of Charles University in Prague – Faculty of Mathematics and Physics and Faculty of Science join their forces to cover the spectrum of expertise needed to teach bioinformatics. The presented master study program will include significant contributions from internationally-renowned institutions, namely EMBL Heidelberg and Max-Planck Institute of Molecular Cell Biology and Genetics, Dresden to ensure that wide spectrum of bioinformatics methods and approaches is well covered and to provide the students an international perspective to promising and rapidly growing field of bioinformatics and computational biology.
The presented study program builds specific bioinformatics knowledge and skills on the previously acquired knowledge of biology, mathematics, and statistics. However, students will have an opportunity to further develop their knowledge of biology and informatics, mainly in the areas of evolutionary biology and machine learning.
Graduates of MSc degree in bioinformatics gets to know and can work basic bioinformatics databases, algorithms, tools and program packages. Graduates can work with all major bioinformatics databases, services. Graduates can develop new bioinformatics tools and services.
Graduates can find relevant information, analyze and interpret it - based on it, graduates can conclude and propose following actions.
Graduates have deep programming skills based on solid theoretical grounds.
A unique combination of biological and informatics skills and knowledge allows the graduate to find her/his employment in the development of bioinformatics systems that can be used in academia, public sector or industry.
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Last updated November 7, 2018