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Presentation of the Bioinformatics Postgraduate Programme @ HSCBB15

The ‘MSc in Bioinformatics’ and its web site were presented at the 10th Conference of the Hellenic Society for Computational Biology and Bioinformatics (HSCBB) – HSCBB15.:

Presentation of the Bioinformatics-related postgraduate study programs in Greece from their Directors

Constantinos Vorgias, Elias Manolakos, Polydefkis Hatzopoulos, Zoi Lygerou, Elias Zintzaras, Pantelis Bagos

Given the pace of development in bioinformatics and the urgent need to assemble a worldwide collective effort to convert the raw data collected from the various genome projects into meaningful and useful biological information, there is a growing need for highly specialized personnel in the field. The traditional degrees offered by the Hellenic Universities do not at the moment fulfil this need and there is room for a postgraduate programme suitable for current science graduates giving them a fast track to the tools and knowledge needed for active research in both academia and industry. The postgraduate bioinformatics programme at the University of Athens (UOA) takes an interdisciplinary approach and brings together some of the leading figures from the Hellenic bioinformatics community. Teaching staff are selected from existing UOA departments including Cell Biology and Biophysics, Biochemistry and Molecular Biology, and Informatics. In addition to these inter-departmental collaborations the programme takes personnel from other Universities/research centres making this a truly unique and timely effort. The programme leading to the qualification of M.Sc from the UOA takes the form of a four semester taught. The first semester covering the basics of molecular biology and computational methods prepares the students for a more detailed investigation of specific bioinformatics tools in the second semester. In the third semester, students are also given a choice of optional courses to customise their specific interests. The third and fourth semesters also include a research project, which leads to a Msc Diploma Thesis. Potential applicants are invited to view the information and admissions procedure which we have assembled together on the World Wide Web at the URL: http://bioinformatics.biol.uoa.gr/msc/