The Biological and Medical Informatics (BMI) Graduate Program at the University of California, San Francisco (UCSF) equips PhD students with the skills and knowledge in applied mathematics, informatics, statistics, computer science, physics, chemistry, and biology needed to study biological composition, structure, function, and evolution at the molecular, cellular, and systems levels. Students are involved with gathering, storing, analyzing, predicting, and disseminating the corresponding information. The goal of the program is to train the next generation of biological and medical informatics researchers for academia and industry.

The program focuses on three research areas:

  1. Bioinformatics and computational biology
  2. Genetics and genomics
  3. Systems biology

Within the curriculum, core courses provide training in biological and medical informatics, algorithms, and statistics with optional courses in macromolecular structures, cellular biophysics, and computation of biological molecules.

Our program faculty members come from a variety of fields that employ biophysical and computational techniques.

The program also offers an optional designated emphasis in Complex Biological Systems (CBS).

The program is one of 23 graduate programs at UCSF, 17 of which offer a PhD. It is set within the interdisciplinary education environment for which UCSF is so well known, and is physically located on UCSF’s contemporary research campus in the Mission Bay district of San Francisco. Our alumni work primarily in academia and industry.