Vast amounts of data have been collected through genomics initiatives. They provide a golden opportunity to research the secrets of life, to understand more of its complexities, to improve quality of life and to conquer major diseases. Converting this huge volume of data into real understanding is the basic challenge of Bioinformatics research. Which computational techniques are available to make predictions about health outcome and decide on a personalized treatment for a patient? How and when can I use such techniques?
The first year in particular devotes a great deal of attention to the fundamentals of both bioinformatics and systems biology. Students with a major in bioinformatics will extend their knowledge in sequence analysis, next generation sequencing, protein structure prediction and simulation and medical applications of bioinformatics. Students with a major in systems biology will extend their knowledge in models of biological networks, experimental verifications of models, relevance of systems biology to research and synthetic biology.
In the second and final year students will have two research internships, one in the field of bioinformatics and one in the field of systems biology.
The programme is shared between VU Amsterdam and the University of Amsterdam (UvA), combining the resources of two excellent universities.