Bioinformatics and computational biology are related fields that focus on the development or application of quantitative tools to address modern biological problems. The Curriculum in Bioinformatics & Computational Biology, started in 2002, trains students to become sophisticated, interdisciplinary researchers using state-of-the-art computational methods to advance biological discovery. The BCB Curriculum currently supports a standalone PhD granting program, and also a certificate of specialization for students working toward their PhDs in other affiliated departments at UNC-Chapel Hill.
The BCB Curriculum is supported and administered by the Carolina Center for Genome Sciences. The Curriculum also receives financial support from the College of Arts & Sciences, the School of Medicine, and the National Institutes of Health.
This Week's Seminars:
Weekly Colloquium - Mondays @ 4:40 pm in 2025 Bondurant Hall (please note location change)
February 2nd - Patrick Kimes - BCB Student Presentation - Liu/Marron/Hayes Labs - "Statistical significance of clustering with applications to genomic data" **time changed to 4:00 pm** - flyer
Research In Progress Seminar - Tuesdays at 4pm in 2004 Marsico Hall (please note day & location change)
February 3rd - Patrick McCarter - Elston/Dohlman Labs - "Toward a comprehensive model of a yeast stress response pathway" - flyer
In The News:
Sara Selitsky, has recently first-authored a paper published in Scietific Reports (Nature's open access journal), titled Small tRNA-derived RNAs are increased and more abundant than microRNAs in chronic hepatitis B and C. In this study, Selitsky et al. identify for the first time in human tissue the presence of a class of small RNAs derived from tRNAs. They find that tRNA-derived RNAs are even more abundant than microRNAs in the liver of patients chronically infected with hepatitis B or C, and that they are dysregulated in hepatocellular carcinoma. These findings open a new field of study that may suggest new approaches for diagnosis and treatment of chronic liver diseases. Jeanette Baran-Gale, also a BCB student, is a contributing author on the paper. See student pubs page for complete citation.
Tim Elston, PhD
Will Valdar, PhD