Student Testimonials

“The bioinformatics program at Guelph provided me with foundational skills to analyze and understand large amounts of biological data. I had very little computing experience during my undergraduate years, and the degree introduced programming skills in the familiar and exciting context of biological problems. These skills have allowed me to pursue a doctoral degree using novel computational approaches to analyze high-throughput sequencing data, giving me an advantage over wet-lab researchers as genomic studies rely on analyzing ever increasing sizes of sequencing datasets.”

Heather Gibling, MBINF ‘15

“My bioinformatics degree has dramatically improved my awareness to how much computation goes into research, and to how great a role "Big Data" will play in pursuits such as personalized medicine. Now as a medical student, I can appreciate the process of how a tissue sample can tell what treatments to use for patients. It has also provided me with the skills to better understand scientific research, from multivariable analysis to the assembly of genomes.”

Andrew Shure, MBINF ‘15

“I would recommend the Bioinformatics program at the University of Guelph to anyone with a genuine interest in applying computational and statistical tools to address fundamental questions in biology. The program is tailored to students with diverse academic backgrounds. Small class sizes allowed for maximal interaction with students and faculty, primarily through presentations. Classes were very hands-on, covering a wide variety of theoretical and applied topics including microarray analysis and DNA sequencing, which I thoroughly enjoyed. In the course of completing my Masters degree in Bioinformatics, I had the opportunity to conduct my summer project in the field of biodiversity informatics, where I developed an interest in DNA barcoding. After completing my degree, I collaborated with my advisor on a publication of my work. Currently, I am continuing my Masters work as a PhD student at the University of Guelph under the supervision of my Masters advisor.”

Jarrett Philips, MBINF ‘14

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