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Graduate School in Computational Biology, Bioinformatics, and Biometry (ComBi)

Location : University of Helsinki, Helsinki, Finland.

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Graduate School in Computational Biology, Bioinformatics, and Biometry (ComBi) is a postgraduate program jointly offered by the University of Helsinki, the University of Turku, the University of Tampere and Helsinki University of Technology. The research goal of ComBi is to develop computational, mathematical, and statistical methods and models for biological sciences. To that end ComBi will educate PhD's with high-quality methodological expertise. In their thesis work the students are expected to apply this expertise to computational, data analysis, or modeling problems in biology or in some related field. The thesis projects are carried out in close cooperation with one or more research groups in the application area.

Computational biology or bioinformatics is a new field of research which develops models and software implementations for computational problems in molecular biology, biotechnology, and genetics. Such means are needed both in the basic research and in the industrial applications of biotechnology. Computer-aided DNA sequencing, sequence comparison, prediction of protein structures, docking of molecules, and the interpretation of electron microscopy or NMR data are examples of typical computationally intensive tasks.

Biometry investigates statistical modeling problems related for example to genetic mapping (linkage analysis), to the genetic and environmental risk factors of complex diseases, or to the spreading of infectious diseases. Further topics include population dynamics and numerical taxonomy with applications to ecology, microbiology, and genetics. Management of spatial data (GIS) is also often needed.


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