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Medicine and Bioinformatics

Bioinformatics is the application of computer science, mathematical, statistical and engineering techniques to problems arising in the medical and biological sciences. At the biological extreme, typical research here is the testing of specific biological hypotheses via Bioinformatics software or, alternatively, so-called ``fishing expeditions'' where large datasets generated by biotechnologies are mined for valuable information. When Bioinformatics research is aimed at trying to understand the behaviour of large biological systems (genetic networks, cellular modelling), we sometimes refer to this as "systems biology".

We are very lucky at McGill to have the McGill Centre for Bioinformatics. Several of our Computer Science professors are associated with this centre and their research and teaching is centered around bioinformatics. Professor Michael Hallet is the Director of the Centre and Professors Mathieu Blanchette and Ted Perkins are active members.

Some courses that are relevant for this area are:

  • COMP 462 - Computational Biology Methods
  • COMP 564 - Computational Gene Regulation