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What is Bioinformatics? Scope and Career opportunities

What is Bioinformatics?

Bioinformatics is the application of computer technology to get the information that's stored in certain types of biological data.

Bioinformatics provides central, globally accessible databases that enable scientists to submit, search and analyse information. It offers analysis software for data studies and comparisons and provides tools for modelling, visualising, exploring and interpreting data.

Main goal is to convert multitude of complex data into useful information and knowledge.

What is the scope?

Current biological and medical labs use methods that produce extremely large data sets, which cannot be analyzed by hand - for instance sequencing human genomes. Thus modern biological and medical research and development cannot be done without bioinformatics.

Future applications in biology, chemistry, pharmaceuticals, medicine, and agriculture.

In addition, bioinformatics plays an important role in biomedical research. Research work in the area of genetic diseases and medical genomics is rapidly increasing and the future of personalized medicine depends on bioinformatics approaches.

Also read: What is Biotechnology? Scope and Career Opportunities

What is Bioinformatics?

What are the career options?

Bioinformatics is a rapidly growing career field and an emerging scientific discipline.

This course focuses on employing existing bioinformatic resources - mainly web-based programs and databases - to access the wealth of data to answer questions relevant to the average biologist, and is highly hands-on.

There are different types of career opportunities available for different stream students, Scientific Curator, Gene Analyst, Protein Analyst, Phylogenitist, Research Scientist / Associate, Data base programmer, Bioinformatics software developer, Computational biologist, Network Administrator / Analyst, Structural analyst, Molecular Modeler, Bio-statistician, Bio-mechanics, Database programmer, Cheminformatician, Pharmacogenetician, Pharmacogenomics, Research Scientist / Associate.

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What are the job roles?

  • Professor
  • Science Technician
  • Research Assistant
  • Bioinformatics Scientist
  • Bioinformatics Analyst
  • Junior Research Fellow
  • Research Associate
  • Bioinformatics Software Developer

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Who can study this course?

  • Candidates who have passed 10+2 in science discipline can pursue bioinformatics in bachelor's degree level.
  • Few of the Indian colleges offers B.Tech in Bioinformatics.
  • Candidates who have passed bachelor's degree in bioinformatics are eligible to pursue bioinformatics in master and doctoral level at Indian and foreign universities.

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    Top Colleges / Universities in India offering Bioinformatics:

    • Institute of Bioinformatics and Applied Biotechnology, Bangalore
    • Jawaharlal Nehru University, New Delhi
    • Madurai Kamaraj University
    • Bioinformatics Institute of India, Noida
    • Bharati Vidyapeeth University, Pune

    Top Colleges / Universities in abroad offering Bioinformatics:

    • University of Copenhagen
    • University of Queensland
    • University of New South Wales
    • Stanford University
    • Harvard University

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