Bio-informatics is a rapidly growing interdisciplinary domain which integrates the science of managing biological data using advanced computing techniques. Bio-informatics has advanced to a stage where it is playing an increasingly important role in the human genome project, drug discovery and prediction of protein structure and function.
The course introduces the students to the basic concepts behind Bioinformatics, Computational Biology tools and Genomics. The hands-on sessions familiarize students with the details and use of the most commonly used tools and resources. An introduction to database design and the principles of programming languages helps to a create community of bioinformatics groups that venture into developing leading-edge research in this highly interdisciplinary field.
Scope & Career Prospects:
The scope of bioinformatics pertains to areas like database design and maintenance, sequence assembly, proteomics, clinical pharmacologist, sequence analysis, informatics developer and bio-analytics. Excellent job opportunities are available in Biotech and Pharmaceutical firms. Bioinformatics professionals have multiple career options in all sectors of biotechnology, pharmaceutical and biomedical sciences, in research institutions, hospital and industry, pharmaceutical and biotech companies. They can also work with premier scientific research institutes of public and private sector. Some of the specific career areas that fall within the scope of bioinformatics include Sequence assembly, Database design and maintenance, Sequence analysis, Proteomics (the study of protein, particularly their structures and functions), Pharmacogenomics, Pharmacology, Clinical pharmacologist, Informatics developer, Computational chemist, Bio-analytics and Analytics etc. Indian companies like Wipro, Reliance, Satyam, TCS and companies like Accelrys and IBM Life Sciences Pubgene, Silicon Genetics and Tessella offer good employments to the bioinformatics candidates