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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Meet our new students and faculty of the BICB program at one of our annual orientations:

  • (UMTC) Tuesday, August 28, 2018, 4:00-5:30, Walter Library, Room 404
  • (UMR) Wednesday, August 29, 2018, 4:00-5:30, University Square, Room 322



  • 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.
  • June 15, 2015 - The University of Minnesota Discover Newshighlighted a new study, co-authored by BICB PhD student Pajau Vangay. The study, “Antibiotics, Pediatric Dysbiosis, and Disease,” was recently published in the scientific journal Cell Host & Microbe. The journal article may lead to new recommendations for antibiotic usage in children, as well as the development of new clinical tests. Pajau Vangay and her co-authors synthesized current knowledge which revealed that the gut’s microbiome response to antibiotics may be linked to adult disease phenotypes. To see the full journal article, click here.