Bioinformatics

Bioinformatics (MSc/MCI)
Ottawa-Carleton Joint Program

General Information
Bioinformatics is an emerging and increasingly important scientific discipline dedicated to the pursuit of fundamental questions about the structure, function and evolution of biological entities through the design and application of computational approaches. Fundamental research in these areas is expected to increase our understanding of human health and disease which translates into innovation in industry (i.e. drug discovery). As a field of research, it crosses traditional disciplinary boundaries such as computer science, chemistry, biology, biochemistry, engineering and the medical sciences. While individual researchers usually specialize in a particular area, bioinformaticians today must be able to appreciate significant research in other fields and therefore require an understanding of the basic principles of other disciplines. To meet this challenge Carleton University and the University of Ottawa offer a collaborative program leading to a Master of Science degree in the primary program with specialization in Bioinformatics or, in the case of computer science, a Master of Computer Science degree with specialization in Bioinformatics.

Participating Units
The primary participating units are:


1. The Ottawa-Carleton Institute of Biology, the joint graduate program of the departments of Biology at the University of Ottawa and Carleton University.

2. The Ottawa-Carleton Institute of Computer Science, the joint graduate program of the School of Information Technology at the University of Ottawa and of the department of Computer Science at Carleton University.

3. The Ottawa-Carleton Institute of Mathematics and Statistics, the joint graduate program of the department of Mathematics and Statistics at the University of Ottawa and of the School of Mathematics and Statistics at Carleton University.

4. The Cellular and Molecular Medicine graduate program of the Department of Cellular and Molecular Medicine (CMM) at the University of Ottawa.

5. The Biochemistry (BCH) graduate program and the Microbiology & Immunology graduate (MIC) program of the Department of Biochemistry, Immunology and Microbiology (BMI) at the University of Ottawa.

The Collaborative Program is managed by a committee made up of representatives of the various participating units. A director and associate director administer the program.