Bioinformatics is the use of computers for the purpose of organizing and analyzing biological data. A bioinformatics professional, or bioinformaticist, is skilled in creating databases, programs, and computer models that will help biologists to analyze vast sets of data that are otherwise very difficult to interpret. Bioinformatics was used to analyze and identify the nucleotide sequences in the human genome. A bioinformatics professional must have a strong background in computers, mathematics, and biology. Most bioinformatics jobs are in private biotechnology or pharmaceutical companies, universities, and research institutions. Bioinformatics is currently applied to genomics, immunology, evolution, pharmacology, biodiversity measurement, and much more. A Master’s or Ph.D. degree is necessary to find research work in this field.
Posted on May 21, 2012 Leave a Comment