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Cross-Border Study of Bioinformatics

Bioinformatics is the latest multidisciplinary area of study which has come into being as part of mutual collaboration between Southern Bohemia and Upper Austria.


Along with the existing study of "Biological Chemistry", it represents a parallel instance of cross-border collaboration in university education on the part of the University of South Bohemia in Ceske Budejovice and Johannes Kepler University in Linz. For both universities and regions, it also means strengthened collaboration and a key step toward keeping pace with contemporary scientific development. Currently, the study program exists at the bachelor's level and is taught in English.

Bioinformatics as a Scientific Discipline

Bioinformatics is a multidisciplinary field of study which, as is clear from the name, unites the words biology and informatics. Stress is therefore laid on efficient processing of biological data using computer technology and methodology. The basic pillar upon which the study is built in biology centers around genomes, molecular biology and genetics. In the informatics area, it involves studies ranging from parallel computation through to mass data processing and data structures, image processing and data mining methods.

Bioinformatics has seen enormous disciplinary development in recent times. The high-level employment of modern computational technology and a transition away from traditional biological methods is leading to the acceleration and optimization of research in related areas, as well. It may be anticipated that this discipline encapsulates the future of the new era of biology, particularly in the field of genetics.

The Study Program and Its Aims

 Study for the bachelors degree lasts three years. The program culminates in a double diploma and upon successfully completing their work, graduates are granted the academic title of Bc./BSc. by the universities.

 During the first year of their bachelors studies, students receive instruction in the basics of informatics, biology and mathematics at the university in Ceske Budejovice. During the second year, instruction takes place at the university in Linz and focuses on interdisciplinary studies such as bioinformatics, chemistry and applied informatics. The third year is divided proportionately between Ceske Budejovice and Linz and is devoted to elective subjects, work on bachelors projects and seminar participation. During the final semester, instruction will be offered in blocks; thus students defending their thesis in Ceske Budejovice will go to Linz only a few times.

 During the second year, the students themselves will choose the focus of their final thesis. Depending upon the character of the thesis, the focus may lie in the discipline of Biology (in which case it is anticipated that the majority of time during the third year will be spent in Ceske Budejovice) or in the area of Bioinformatics (in which case more time will be spent in Linz). If students choose to focus on pure informatics, with minimal crossover into the areas discussed above, they may choose which campus they wish to spend the majority of their time at during the third year.

 The emphasis during instruction is laid on modern forms of study focused on practical instruction with the use of modern information technology.

 Students will have the chance to obtain a stipend during the course of their studies.

Employment Areas for Graduates:

Graduates in Bioinformatics may find employment in the following fields:

  • Healthcare (for example, issues to do with novel illnesses and uncovering their causes, pathology and diagnosis and processing background data for clinical studies)
  • Pharmaceutics (including the development of novel medicaments and effective substances)
  • Ecology (understanding the interaction between organisms and uncovering the causes of genetic mutations)
  • Food processing industry
  • Biotechnology companies
  • Biology (genomics, proteins and new generation sequencing – NGS)
  • Genetics and foetal medicine, or assisted reproduction
  • Informatics  (areas which require knowledge of image processing, parallel computation and databases or data structures) The development of laboratory software and program databases

 Contact:

Bc. Petra Korcová

T/ +420 389 032 262

E/ pkorcova@prf.jcu.cz

http://bioinformatics.jcu.cz