Modern biological sciences are based heavily on computational methods. Molecular biology, genetics, and ecology, for instance, require fairly complicated computational methods, and new methods are constantly needed.
Bioinformatics teaching aims at educating developers of such methods, and specialists on managing and processing biological data.
Bioinformatics graduates should acquire firm skills in mathematics and statistics, and basic knowledge in biology. An advanced course in at least one branch of bioinformatics should be taken. After acquiring this strong basis it is possible to flexibly choose the focus of studies in between data analysis and bioinformatics, and to specialize on either one subfield of computer science or gain general knowledge of several subfields.
Graduates are employed as experts of computational methods in research institutes and companies.
Bioinformatics courses and seminars are listed in the teaching programme of MBI.
Non-MBI students possessing the study right of University of Helsinki can participate on the MBI courses (and if there is enough capacity, also seminars) organized by Department of Computer Science. To participate on the MBI courses organized by TKK, the flexible study right is required.
Bioinformatics and computational biology are strong research fields of the deaprt of computer science, e.g. the National Center of Excellence in Algorithmic Data Analysis and the basic research unit of the research institute HIIT both invest significantly in bioinformatics research.
At the department, also neuroinformatics is studied, that can in broad terms be defined as the intersection of information technology and neuroscience.
At the department of computer science the following professors lead research projects and groups related to bioinformatics:
- Veli Mäkinen, prof. (acting), professor in charge (Sequence analysis algorithms)
- Juho Rousu, prof., on research leave (Computational Systems Biology, Prediction of Biological Structures)
- Hannu Toivonen, prof. (Biological data mining, Computational methods in Gene mapping)
- Esko Ukkonen, prof., research director of HIIT/BRU (Sequence analysis algoritms, Algorithms in Strutural and Systems Biology)
- Heikki Mannilla, research director, HIIT (Data mining, Algorithmic questions in genome structure)
A more complete list of bioinformatics researchers and teachers can be found on the MBI web pages.
Professor in chargeStudy year 2009-2010: Veli Mäkinen.
Last updated August 19, 2009, by Juho Rousu.