Bioinformatics and Computational Biology

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.

BICB Orientation

BICB students and faculty are invited to attend one of the upcoming, annual orientations:
Twin Cities Campus: Tuesday, August 27, 2019, 4:00-5:30,
Walter Library, Room 404

Rochester Campus: Wednesday, August 28, 2019, 4:00-5:30,
University Square, Room 415

Refreshments will be provided.


  • April 27 - Congratulation to Sambhawa Priya (Adviser: Ran Blekman). She has been awarded the Doctoral Dissertation Fellowship for the 2019-20 academic year by the graduate school.
  • April 5 - We are now on Linkedin. Come join us in promoting and tacking the bioinformatics and computational biology challenges in Minnesota!
  • April 1, 2019 - New BICB initiative to provide research training to underrepresented undergraduate or post-bac students who are interested in pursuing advanced degree(s) in the BICB program. Awardees will be selected based on personal statement, diversity statement, and academic record. The deadline for application is April 12, 2019. For more information, click here. To apply click here.
  • February 11, 2019 - BICB PhD student, Nishitha Paidimukkala (Adviser: Rebecca Morris), was the highlight on a recent SciTechsperience article entitled "The Joy of Data: An Internship with StemoniX". It is  a reflection on her industrial internship experience with a small startup company specializes in stem cell solution for drug development and discovery.

  • February 9 - Congratulation to Christopher Dean (Adviser: Noelle Noyes). He has been selected for the highly competitive IBM summer internship program. He will be working with some of IBM's newest bioinformatics databases and pipelines at the IBM's Almaden Research Laboratory in San Jose, California, this summer.

  • February 1- Congratulation to Tatiana Lenskaia (Adviser: Daniel Boley). She has been awarded the Interdisciplinary Doctoral Fellowship for the 2019-20 academic year by the graduate school.

  • January 22, 2019 - BICB PhD student, Richard Abdill, and faculty, Ran Blekman, were highlighted in recent Nature News entitled "What bioRxiv’s first 30,000 preprints reveal about biologists".

  • January 15, 2019 - The 11th Annual BICB Research Symposium was held at the University of Minnesota Rochester

  • January 7, 2019 - Mayo News Network has highlighted a new study, authored by our BICB PhD student Zachi Attia. The study, "Screening for cardiac contractile dysfunction using an artificial intelligence–enabled electrocardiogram" was published in the scientific journal Nature Medicine.

  • November 1, 2018 - 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, 2018- 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.