The recent explosion of data generated by the fields of genetics and molecular biology has created a demand for sophisticated computational methods to extract meaningful information. Bioinformatics has emerged as an important new discipline in the biosciences, promoting a close working relationship between genetics and the computational sciences. To meet the needs of students interested in this area of research, we have developed a formal subtrack within the Genetics Ph.D. program that would lead to a Ph.D. in Genetics with a specialization in Computational Genetics.

All Genetics students are required to participate in three laboratory rotations during their first year. It is strongly recommended that Computational Subtrack students acquire some experience in a wet lab. This may have occurred during an undergraduate or masters experience. If a Computational Subtrack student does not have wet lab experience when they affiliate with a laboratory, they should work with their mentor to gain the experience.