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Computational Biology and Biomedical Informatics

The past two decades have witnessed a revolution in the biological and biomedical sciences driven by the development of technologies such as high-dimensional phenotypic profiling, next-generation sequencing, macromolecular structure determination and high-resolution imaging, wearable sensor devices, and large-scale electronic health records. These data generation technologies demand new computational analysis approaches, which, in turn, have given rise to the field of Computational Biology and Biomedical informatics.

The Yale Computational Biology and Biomedical Informatics Track combines research training opportunities in a range of different fields within the biological and biomedical sciences, in addition to the computational sciences, statistics, and applied mathematics. The scope and balance of a student’s program are highly individualized. Students in the Track develop, with the assistance of faculty advisers, a specific program of course work, independent reading, and research that gives a depth of coverage and fits their background, interests, and career goals.

TheComputational Biology and  Biomedical Informatics Track here at Yale is a very collaborative and interdisciplinary program that allows students the flexibility to find their research interests. When I first arrived at Yale, I was not sure what it was that I wanted to focus for my research. I had a background in single cell biology, but I did not know if I wanted to dive deeper in that field for my Ph.D. Given the wide array research that the faculty work on here, I had the flexibility to explore new avenues of research in biology, math, and computer science and better understand what research really excited me. The faculty in the program have been very supportive and easy to talk to. They have been helpful in providing access to resources and opportunities to support students. The students in the program are very kind and very willing to help other students with tips about New Haven, Yale, or just research in general. We have weekly journal clubs or research in progress talks and all the students do such amazing research. I am really impressed by the research done in this program and I am excited to see what these next few years have in store!

Kriti Agrawal