Biomolecular Engineering and Bioinformatics Courses

Courses and Requirements for the Training Track in Biomolecular Engineering and Bioinformatics

Predoctoral fellows in the track in Biomolecular Engineering and Bioinformatics must complete rigorous coursework in bioinformatics, chemistry, biology, and statistics. We also require new students to conduct research three seven-week long rotations in a combination of computational and experimental laboratories. BMEB students also have the flexibility to craft their graduate curriculum to suit individual interests, creating a strong foundation for their independent dissertation research. Advanced graduate students work under the direct supervision of one of twenty-five BMEB-affiliated faculty members, while also interacting closely with other faculty members. Training in this interdisciplinary research environment has enabled our students to lead bioinformatics efforts to understand biology and disease, advancing the frontiers of biomedical research, with graduates now in top university faculty positions and leading industrial research laboratories.

2017-2018 Requirements

First Year • Core bioinformatics series
     •  BME 205: Bioinformatics: Models and Algorithms
     •  BME 80G: Bioethics
     •  BME 230: Computational Genomics
• BME 200: Teaching and Research in Bioinformatics
• BME 280B: Participation in research meetings and seminars
• BME 296: Research rotations
• Advanced graduate courses or makeup courses to fill deficits
• Selection of a thesis advisor
• Begin thesis research
Second Year • BME 201: Scientific Writing (winter)
• Thesis proposal and qualifying exam (spring)
• Formation of faculty thesis committee for student guidance
• Participation in research meetings and seminars
• Advanced graduate courses
Third Year • Thesis research
• Participation in research meetings and seminars
Following Year(s) • Completion of thesis research
• Annual committee meetings
• Participation in research meetings and seminars
• Public presentation of thesis defense

2017-2018 Course Schedule

  • BME 200: Being a Bioinformatics Grad Student
  • BME 205: Bioinformatics: Models and Algorithms
  • BME 280B: BME Seminar Seriese
  • BME 230: Computational Genomics
  • BME 255: Biotechnology and Drug Development
  • BME 280B: BME Seminar Series
  • BME 211: Computational Systems Biology
  • BME 215: Applied Gene Technology
  • BME 250 Molecular Biomechanics
  • BME 268A Science and Justice: Experiments in Collaboration
  • BME 270 Frontiers in Drug Action and Discovery
  • BME 280B: BME Seminar Series

Detailed requirements can be found in the BMEB Graduate Handbook.

For questions specific to the BMEB training track, email the BMEB Graduate Program Advisor, Tracie Tucker

UCSC's graduate Program in Biomedical Sciences and Engineering is supported by training grants from the National Institute of General Medical Science and the National Human Genome Research Institute.