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Join Our Quest for Life-Changing Information

Are you geeked up about the power of data? Do you want to lead the next medical revolution? In our Department, you will never stop exploring how to extract the information that matters.

Exploring the Frontier of Research: Bioinformatics Graduate Program

Bioinformatics combines rigorous coursework with research opportunities to give students a unique understanding that bridges knowledge between wet and dry labs. Students in the U-M Medical School Department of Computational Medicine & Bioinformatics study closely with the leaders as they engage in collaborations across campus. 

At every level, our students can take courses in advanced math, mathematical modeling, statistics, computer programming, machine learning and informatics, as well as comprehensive courses in introductory biology, genomics, proteomics, clinical informatics, environmental health and many more.

Bioinformatics Graduate Programs
PhD Program

Prepare for a career in industry, teaching or academic research with comprehensive training in biology, advanced theory and methodology in bioinformatics.

Dual Degree Program

The dual PhD/Master’s or Master’s/Master’s degree program allows PhD or MS students in another field to also study for an MS in bioinformatics.

MS Program

With an MS you can do science in industry or pursue a career in consulting, research support or administration positions in governmental offices, and academia.

Accelerated MS Program

Save time and money by beginning our Master’s Degree Program as a junior and senior undergraduate student, earning your MS after only one year at the graduate level.

Bioinformatics Tracks & Alignment with T32 Programs

Summary of the four possible tracks and subtracks/concentrations (example lab PIs):

  • Genomics/transcriptomics/regulomics (e.g. Kim, Athey, Parker, Boyle, Sartor, Burmeister, Welch, Rao, Freddolino, J. Liu, Willer, Rajapakse, Kitzman, Chinnaiyan, Burant, Moran, Au)
  • Genetics/evolution (e.g. Jun Li, Mills, Kidd, Au, Boehnke, Speliotes, Zoellner, Wittkopp, Dick, J. Zhang)
  • Machine learning/omics predictions (e.g. Guan, J. Liu, Ye, Baladandayuthapani, Kretzler, Sartor, Dinov, Hero, Draelos, Au)
  • Signal/image processing (e.g. Najarian, Rao, Srinivasan, Sripada, Athey, Draelos, Au)
  • Proteomics or metabolomics (e.g. Andrews, Nesvizhskii, Karnovsky, Burant)
  • Protein structure/dynamics/folding modeling (e.g. Y. Zhang, Brooks, Carlson, Freddolino)
  • Clinical / Health informatics / NLP (e.g. Draelos, Dinov, Nallasamy, Singh)
  • Electronic Health Records/Genetics/Precision Medicine (e.g. Shi, Hanauer, Taylor, Najarian, Athey)
A Hub for Collaborative Research

At the Center for Computational Medicine and Bioinformatics (CCMB), students have an abundance of opportunities to perform research under the mentorship of 120 affiliated faculty members from the U-M Medical School, the College of Engineering, the College of Literature, Arts and Sciences, the School of Public Health, the School of Nursing and the School of Information.

Learn about the CCMB
Program Directors
Margit Burmesiter Margit Burmeister, PhD
Associate Chair, Department of Computational Medicine and Bioinformatics
Program Director, Bioinformatics Graduate Program
Professor of Human Genetics
Professor of Psychiatry
Research Professor, Michigan Neuroscience Institute
Program Associate, Wellness Office
Professor of Computational Medicine and Bioinformatics
headshot of Alla Karnovsky Alla Karnovsky, PhD
Program Director, Bioinformatics Master's Program
Associate Professor of Computational Medicine and Bioinformatics
Maureen Sartor Maureen Sartor, PhD
Program Associate
Bioinformatics Graduate Program
Professor of Computational Medicine and Bioinformatics
Professor of Biostatistics
Administrative Guidance
user Julia Eussen
MS programs
user Kati Ellis
PhD programs
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Bioinformatics PhD Defense: Bradley Crone
Bradley Crone will present a Bioinformatics PhD Defense.
Bioinformatics Program Graduation Celebration
Join the DCMB for the Bioinformatics Program Graduation Celebration.
2024 BIDS-TP Hackathon
Join the DCMB for the 2024 BIDS-TP Hackathon.
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