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 The BISB program is jointly administered by faculty at UNMC and UNO, two sister campuses with diverse and complementary strengths in areas such as genomics, bioinformatics, computer science, mathematics, statistics, systems biology, etc. The two campuses offer a vibrant learning environment and rich research resources including supercomputers for high-throughput data analysis tasks. The average time to graduate with a PhD at UNMC is about 5 years.  Upon degree completion, students from the BISB doctoral program will be well positioned for a variety of career paths in the rapidly growing field of bioinformatics.

General Requirements

  • Completion of coursework. 
  • Completion of the comprehensive examination.
  • Completion of a research project consistent with a PhD level of achievement.
  • Completion and successful defense of a doctoral dissertation.
  • Concurrence of the mentor and the student's Supervisory Committee.

PhD Curriculum 

BIOI 3500 (ADVANCED BIOINOFRMATICS PROGRAMMING-This course is offered at the University of Nebraska-Omaha)3
BIOI 4870/CSCI 8876 (DATABASE SEARCH AND PATTERN DISCOVERY IN BIOINOFRMATICS-This course is offered at the University of Nebraska-Omaha)3
BIOS 806BIOSTATISTICS3
BMI 8400 (LINEAR ALGEBRA FOR ADVANCED COMPUTING AND ARTIFIAL INTELLIGENCE-This course is offered at the University of Nebraska-Omaha)3
GCBA 815TOOLS AND ALGORITHMS IN BIOINFORMATICS3
GCBA 823FUNDAMENTALS IN GENETICS AND GENOMICS2
IPBS 802MOLECULAR CELL BIOLOGY2
IPBS 850CRITICAL ANALYSIS OF THE SCIENTIFIC LITERATURE1
IPBS 970SEMINAR1
Responsible Conduct in Research (RCR) / Ethics Training

The above courses are required core curriculum, but these requirements can be waived if a student can document extensive expertise or previous comparable coursework.  A basic programming course (in either Python or R) may also be required for students who lack experience in programming. The need for additional elective courses will be determined by each student's supervisory committee.