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Biology: Bioinformatics & Genomics

Last Updated: Oct 30, 2018 4:31 PM

Bioinformatics and Genomics

Bioinformatics and genomics, especially here at SUNY UB, that are among the most rapidly fields of study in the biological sciences. They require the ability of undergraduate and graduate students to fully integrate the knowledge and tools from biology, chemistry, and mathematics with a decent knowledge base in physics, computer sciences, and statistics to better understand the ramifications and implications of the sequencing of genomes and the nuances among nucleotide sequence alignments with protein structures and predictions of structure—function relationships. Understanding the organization of plant and animal genomes, especially the Human Genome provide some of science’s most exciting and potentially beneficial research and clinical outcomes. The SUNY University at Buffalo provides three distinct and overlapping B.S. Degree Programs in Bioinformatics:

Here is a SMALL sampling of important resources to aid your own studies in classroom and laboratory settings:

  • Diane Rein, Ph.D., M.L.S., is the University at Buffalo's expert bioinformatics and genomics subject specialist, located in the Health Sciences Library in Abbott Hall on UB's South Campus (716 829-5749, She compiled and maintains a rather exhaustive inventory of resources that are important for undergraduate and graduate students and UB Faculty sharing a common interest in areas related to bioinformatics. Her Guide—Bioinformatics is the most comprehensive inventory on any of UB's campuses.

  • The NYS Center of Excellence in Bioinformatics and Life Sciences (CBLS) CBLS “is a hub for life sciences innovation and technology-based economic development driving scientific discovery, facilitating collaboration among academia, industry and the public sector to create jobs that directly impact the region’s and state’s economies,” and is located at UB’s Downtown Campus in the heart of the Buffalo Niagara Medical Campus, where key partner institutions also reside.

  • National Human Genome Research Institute. From their Website: "The National Human Genome Research Institute began as the National Center for Human Genome Research (NCHGR), which was established in 1989 to carry out the role of the National Institutes of Health (NIH) in the International Human Genome Project (HGP). The HGP was developed in collaboration with the United States Department of Energy and begun in 1990 to map the human genome. In 1993, NCHGR expanded its role on the NIH campus by establishing the Division of Intramural Research to apply genome technologies to the study of specific diseases. In 1996, the Center for Inherited Disease Research (CIDR) was also established (co-funded by eight NIH institutes and centers) to study the genetic components of complex disorders. In 1997 the United States Department of Health and Human Services renamed NCHGR the National Human Genome Research Institute (NHGRI), officially elevating it to the status of research institute - one of 27 institutes and centers that make up the NIH."