About BICB

Major Objectives

  • Establish world-class academic and research programs at the University of Minnesota Rochester
  • Leverage the University of Minnesota’s academic and research capabilities in partnership with Mayo Clinic, Hormel Institute, IBM, National Marrow Donor Program (NMDP), the Brain Sciences Center and other industry leaders
  • Build academic and research programs that complement southeast Minnesota’s existing leadership roles in health sciences, biosciences, engineering and technology
  • Create academic and research programs that provide applications to economic activities via innovation, translational research, and clinical experiences

Program Vision

The vision of the Bioinformatics and Computational Biology (BICB) program is to conduct research and provide education through the establishment of academic and research programs. All BICB academic and research programs collaborate among the University of Minnesota Rochester (UMR), the University of Minnesota Twin Cities (UMTC), Mayo Clinic, the Hormel Institute, IBM, National Marrow Donor Program (NMDP), and the Brain Sciences Center to advance informatics and computation and to support a strong life science industry in Minnesota.

Program Background

BICB was established in 2007 as a result of legislative funding and support driven by the recommendations of the Governor of Minnesota's appointed Rochester Higher Education Development Committee (RHEDC).  The committee recommended the collaborative development of an institution that focuses on health science, bioscience, engineering, and technology. This institution is the University of Minnesota Rochester.