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Graduate Committee
Dr. Michael J. Rowley (Chair & Program Director), Dr. Dario Ghersi (Co-Chair), Dr. Kate Cooper, Dr. John Davis, Dr. Andrew Dudley, and Dr. Babu Guda

The IGPBS - Bioinformatics & Systems Biology (BISB) doctoral 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 

PAMM 825INTRODUCTION TO R PROGRAMMING FOR BIOMEDICINE03
OR BMI 8540 (Foundations in Programming for Biomedical Informatics. (This course is held at UNO))3
BIOS 806BIOSTATISTICS3
BISB 815TOOLS AND ALGORITHMS IN BIOINFORMATICS3
GCBA 823FUNDAMENTALS IN GENETICS AND GENOMICS2
IPBS 802MOLECULAR CELL BIOLOGY2
ELECTIVE (Course approved on by supervisory committee related to computer science, bioinformatics, or statistics.)3
IPBS 970SEMINAR1
BISB 903BIOINFORMATICS IN SCIENTIFIC PUBLICATIONS1
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. Students must take one elective related to Computer Science, Bioinformatics, or Statistics approved by the supervisory committee.