Bioinformatics and Systems Biology

at ITMO University

Degree :
Subject area:
 Mathematical and natural sciences
 01.00.00 Mathematics and mechanics
 Saint Petersburg , Russia
 2 years
Study type:
 Full time
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Start date:
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Number of credits:
 School of Translational Information Technologies
Tuition fees per year:
 USD 3600
197101, 49 Kronverksky Pr., St. Petersburg, Russia

School of Translational Information Technologies

Course Summary

Currently, computational methods are widely used in biology (due to the fact that research comes with Big Data). You need to have the skills to be able to work with large amounts of data and to interpret them correctly. This requires competence in both biology and computer science.

Benefits of the Program

  • the Program is delivered collaboration with the Institute of Bioinformatics in St. Petersburg;
  • the students have an opportunity to participate in internships at major research institutions and laboratories, as well as work on projects under the guidance of leading teachers at ITMO University, Washington University in St. Louis, INSERM, University of Nice-Sophia Antipolis, etc.
  • every year, students participate in an international online competition for Bioinformatics, which attracts more than 3,000 participants from all over the world. Bioinformatics Competition problem sets are developed by the team from ITMO University — the only 7-time winner of the world's top programming competition. Winners receive valuable prizes and an invaluable experience!
  • furthermore, as part of the program, there is an international Systems Biology Workshop. The organizers of the workshop are ITMO University and the Bioinformatics Institute and Washington University in St. Louis.

The students will gain

  • competencies in Advanced Mathematics, Statistics and Computer Science;
  • proficiency in application of computational methods for solving problems in fundamental biology;
  • an opportunity to complete the full path from high-throughput data to computational analysis and to testable hypotheses in several research areas;
  • a chance to have programming courses taught in the cradle of world champions in programming.

Content of the Program

Key disciplines

  • Discrete Mathematics and Algorithms
  • Programming in Python
  • Probabilities Theory and Statistics
  • Basics of Machine Learning
  • Data Analysis in R
  • Systems Biology
  • Molecular Phylogeny
  • Population and Medical Genetics 
  • Systems Biology
  • Metagenomics 
  • Structural Bioinformatics 

Research Project

Admission Requirements

Bachelor degree in Biological Science or related fields with excellent/good grades. Upper-intermediate level of English.

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