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Bioinformatics

Published On: 28 Jun 2012 | Last Updated On: 01 Aug 2013

Bioinformatics is the process of gathering, storing, analyzing and merging biological data using computer technologies to improve the quality of life of individuals. In other words, Bioinformatics is the amalgamation of computer science, biology, genetics, mathematics and other medical specialties. The role of a professional involves studying the risk factors that lead to the development of a disease. They also analyze clinical trails of new medicines before they are released into the market. Due to the sudden increase in health complications and unprecedented diseases Bio-informatics professionals are on high demand as they play a big role in developing new drugs that cure ills.

List of courses:

  • Certificate in Bioinformatics
  • Advanced Diploma in Bioinformatics     
  • Bachelor of Science (Hons) in Bioinformatics
  • Bachelor of Science in Bioinformatics         
  • Master of Science in Bioinformatics     
  • Master of Science (Hons) in Bioinformatics    
  • Post Graduate Diploma in Bioinformatics
  • Doctor of Philosophy in Bioinformatics

Basic Eligibility:

UG:

For admission in to bachelor’s degree, the candidate must have passed the higher secondary school certificate (10+2) examination with science subject such as (biology, maths and chemistry).  The duration for this course is 3 years.

PG:

The eligibility criteria for pursuing a master’s degree are holding a bachelor's degree with science subjects such as (biology, maths and chemistry). The duration for this

Specilizations:

Some specializations under this field:

  • Metabolic computing
  • Architecture and content of genomes
  • Complex systems analysis/genetic circuits
  • Nucleic acid and protein sequence analysis
  • Evolutionary model building and phylogenetic analysis
  • Data mining using machine learning tools and neutral nets
  • Data storage and retrieval, Database structures, Annotation
  • Information content in DNA, RNA, protein sequence and structure
  • Analysis of genomic/proteomic/other high-throughput information

Job Prospects:

A student with a degree/diploma certificate can pursue his career in Biotechnology, pharmaceutical and biomedical sciences, research institutions, hospital and industry etc. One can be employed as a Clinical pharmacologist, Informatics developer, Computational chemist, Bio-analytics and Analytics, Database designer etc. These professionals are in great demand in Pharmaceutical and Biotech companies where Bioinformatics technologies are applied throughout the drug discovery process. Also one can take up a teaching job if he/she possess good teaching skills.

Remuneration:

A graduate may initially receive a salary around Rs. 8000 while a Post Graduate may receive Rs.12000-15000 per month. Employees in Government sectors earn a decent salary along with other perks. Government college professors can earn around Rs 10,000 to Rs 15,000 every month while professionals in private pharmaceutical sectors or MNC’s can earn around Rs. 4, 50,000 to Rs 6, 00,000 per annum.

Some Job Titles:

  • Lecturer
  • Database designer
  • Scientists
  • Bio-analytics
  • Self-employment
  • Informatics developer
  • Researcher
  • Software developer
  • Marketing Executive
  • Service provider in discovery software and in research applications

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