Master’s in Biological Sciences, Bioinformatics Track 

Chindo Hicks, Ph.D.
Program Director, Bioinformatics and Genomics Program, Department of Genetics

The rapidly growing genomic and biomedical research, biotechnology, and pharmaceutical industries are generating an exciting range of opportunities for those with bioinformatics, data science, data analytics and computational biology knowledge and expertise. Recognizing this critical need, the Bioinformatics and Genomics Program, in partnership with the Graduate School, has launched the Master’s in Biological Sciences, Bioinformatics Track to train the next generation of innovative scientists and medical professionals in the emerging disciplines of Bioinformatics and data sciences. Our efforts are tightly linked to LSUHSC’s world-class Master’s and Ph.D. programs in health sciences, as well as postdoctoral fellow and medical resident training.

The goal of the MS-Bioinformatics Track is to cultivate and train the next generation of applied bioinformaticians and data scientists, to provide an intellectual home for collaborative research, to recruit emerging talent, and to provide outstanding training to graduate students and postdoctoral scholars in this mission critical area. This is a 2-year interdisciplinary degree program within the approved Biomedical Sciences.

The MS Bioinformatics Track curriculum will offer coursework in bioinformatics, biostatistics, computational genomics and data sciences, genomic, and computer programming. Students will receive training and experience in all five areas. Instruction will be problem-based, starting with exposure to Biostatistics, bioinformatic and genomic tools, and programing, and moving on to in-depth analysis of omics, sequence and other biological data. In addition students will take elective courses and attend workshop seminar series. The MS Bioinformatics Track program electives will give students the flexibility to specialize and build broader knowledge in life, genome and data sciences.

In the second year the students will choose a research project and co-advisors from among BIG Program member faculty. Upon completion of the bioinformatics master’s degree, students will have a solid, experience-based foundation to gain a competitive edge in this high-demand, high-reward field. The MS Bioinformatics Track offers the unique opportunities to move into this high-growth field of bioinformatics, regardless of your degree or experience. If you have a non-science undergraduate degree, our M.S. Bioinformatics Track may be the get way into this emerging field that contains a lot of career opportunities. Additional information can be found on the following website: