Head of the Program in Bioinformatics
Prof. Jaewoo Kang
Bioinformatics is a field that applies information technology to vast amounts of biotechnology-related data for systematic analysis and discovery of useful information.
The program aims to foster talent with global competitiveness in bioinformatics for the 21st century, known as the age of biological sciences, by instilling balanced perspectives in biotechnology and information engineering.
Education and Research Details
Bioinformatics is a field that utilizes IT to derive meaningful information from biological data, which has seen as explosive increase following advancements in biotechnology such as the success of the Human Genome Project and DNA chip technology.
Bioinformatics, seen as one of the most promising fields in the 21st century, covers not only genome sequencing, but also proteomics, 2D/3D structures of proteins, genomics aimed at describing protein functions, systems research, and comparison of normal and diseased cells.
Since bioinformatics is an interdisciplinary field that combines computer sciences with mathematics, statistics, biochemistry, molecular biology, and medical science, individuals specializing in a single discipline may find it difficult to approach. As such, the Program in Bioinformatics relies on close cooperation between faculty in computer science and biotechnology to foster talent in bioinformatics.