Bioinformatics at Rensselaer

At Rensselaer


Science Meets the Information Age

DNA illustrationBioinformatics—the science of storing, extracting, organizing, analyzing, interpreting, and utilizing biological information—is the backbone of leading research laboratories, hospitals, and pharmaceutical companies. It is the driving force of biotechnology and genetic engineering. The Human Genome Project and numerous private ventures have created a great demand for skilled people in this rapidly expanding new field. According to Sandra Nierzwicki-Bauer, chair of Rensselaer's biology department, this demand will continue well into the future.
  Rensselaer's School of Science is answering that demand with its new program offerings in bioinformatics. This past fall Rensselaer became one of a small number of schools to offer a bachelor of science in bioinformatics and molecular biology.
  Graduate program options include a certificate in bioinformatics and an M.S. in applied science with a concentration in bioinformatics. Semester-long and short courses will be offered on campus and via distance delivery. According to John Salerno, director of the bioinformatics program, professionals already in high-tech bioscience industries can benefit by mastering new knowledge to enhance their current skills.
  Salerno recommends that scientists interested in a particular facet of bioinformatics should consider Rensselaer's new short courses. The series of short courses leading to a non-thesis master's degree in bioinformatics will be introduced by a workshop, New Directions in Bioinformatics. It is co-sponsored by Molecular Simulations Inc. and Silicon Graphics Inc., and will take place on Rensselaer's campus June 22-25.
  Pharmaceutical and computer industry professionals who want to increase their value in the rapidly changing biotechnology marketplace should contact Elena Quiroz, assistant dean of professional graduate programs in the School of Science, at (518) 276-6142 or at


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