Genomics and Computational Biology, PhD

Genomics and computational biology are now at the center of biomedical research. These disciplines take a holistic approach to ask about the origins, functions, and interactions of whole systems, using both experimental and theoretical work. Therefore, these studies require knowledge, skills, and, most importantly, synthesis and integration of biology, computer science, mathematics, statistics, and engineering.

This synthesis and integration requires a new generation of scientists that thrives in cross-disciplinary research. This can include molecular, cellular, and organismal biology (including genetics), mathematics, statistics, chemistry, and engineering. The goal of the GCB program is to train students that are experts in one or more of these disciplines and well versed in the others. We provide a comprehensive training program in Genomics and Computational Biology that gives students a broad foundation in the biological and quantitative sciences along with practical experience in computational and experimental genomics. The knowledge gained in this program will serve students in their careers as technology progresses.

View the University’s Academic Requirements for PhD Degrees.

Required Courses 

Coursework
GCB 534Experimental Genome Science
GCB 536Computational Biology
GCB 537Advanced Computational Biology
Statistics elective
Biology elective
Approach elective
Biological Specialty elective
Additional electives
Research
GCB 699Lab Rotation
GCB 899Pre-Dissertation Research
GCB 995Dissertation

The degree and major requirements displayed are intended as a guide for students entering in the Fall of 2018 and later. Students should consult with their academic program regarding final certifications and requirements for graduation.

Sample Plan of Study

Year 1
Fall
Experimental Genome Science
Computational Biology
Lab Rotation
Statistics elective
Spring
Advanced Computational Biology
Lab Rotation
Lab Rotation
Biology elective
Additional elective
Summer
Pre-Dissertation Research
Year 2
Fall
Pre-Dissertation Research
Elective
Elective
Spring
Pre-Dissertation Research
Elective
Elective
Year 3 and Beyond
Dissertation