Bioinformatics and Computational Biology

World-Class Resources, World-Changing Programs

Computation is the vanguard of today’s life sciences (biomedical, food and agricultural) research. UMR’s Bioinformatics and Computational Biology (BICB) program is at the vanguard of life sciences computation. We combine the strengths and skills of eight internationally renowned partners - University of Minnesota Rochester, University of Minnesota Twin Cities, Mayo Clinic, IBM, The Hormel Institute, Cray, Inc., National Marrow Donor Program (NMDP), and the Brain Sciences Center - to create a one-of-a-kind opportunity for research and graduate education at the intersection of quantitative sciences, biology, medicine, food and agriculture.

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The 11th Annual Bioinformatics Research Symposium will be held on January 15, 2019 at the University Minnesota Rochester. The theme for the symposium is "Enabling Precision Medicine with Data Analytics." For more information and to register, please visit 2019 BICB Research Symposium page (2019 Symposium Agenda).



  • November 1 - The University of Minnesota Research News highlighted a new study, authored by our BICB PhD student Pajau Vangay and BICB faculty Dan Knights. The study, "US Immigration Westernizes the Human Gut Microbiome" was recently published in the scientific journal Cell.
  • August 28 and August 29 - Annual BICB orientations were held in both the Twin Cities and Rochester campuses this week to welcome our new graduate students and faculty.
  • August 23, 2018 - Congratulations to BICB doctoral student, Erik Gaasedelen, for been selected as one of the top 25 candidates in the Lyft and Udacity Partner for Self-Driving Hiring Challenge.
  • August 17, 2018 - BICB Rochester students visit the Twin Cities Campus for the 5th Annual BICB Industry Symposium.
  • August 6, 2018 - BICB PhD student, Michelle Cox, and faculty, Krishna Kalari, were highlighted in the recently held Computational Genomics Course at Mayo Clinic.
  • September 30, 2016 - Two BICB PhD students, Gabriel Al-Ghalith and Pajau Vangay, received MnDRIVE UMII Graduate Fellowships.