Student Testimonials

“The bioinformatics program engages faculty from different colleges across the campus to teach and advise students. As a result, there is a well-structured curriculum that covers computational statistics, genomics and computer sciences. Each student is advised by two experts, a biologist and a computational scientist or a computational statistician. This allows for collaborative research and a wonderful opportunity to develop strong interdisciplinary networks. I believe that the combination of core coursework, comprehensive exam, and participation in interdisciplinary research has given me a depth of knowledge and skills needed to develop a successful research career. Now I feel confident to solve real-life machine learning problems and take on leadership roles.”

Anjali Silva, MBINF ’13 and current PhD student

“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

“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

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