Bioinformatics is a new and rapidly-expanding field at the intersection of biology, chemistry, computer science, and applied mathematics. The bioinformatics program at Franklin & Marshall was introduced in 2008 with a grant received from the Howard Hughes Medical Institute. The program provides many paid opportunities for F&M students to do research with faculty members across the fields of computational biology, genomics, proteomics, medicine and allied fields.
Recent advances in fields like genetics, genomics and proteomics have led to the creation of very large sets of biological data. To manage, process and understand this massive new body of biological data, scientists with cross-disciplinary skills are in high demand. Students who choose to study bioinformatics will receive comprehensive training in the fields of biology, chemistry, computer science, and applied mathematics. This background will pave the way to many exciting careers in the sciences and medicine.