Degree Requirements

Ph.D. Degree Requirements

Students must earn credit in each of the following courses or their equivalents:

BINF 701 Bioinformatics I 5
BINF 702 Bioinformatics II 5
BINF 709 Topics in: Bioinformatics 1-3
BIOL 636 Biochemistry I 3
BIOL 638 Biochemistry II 3
BIOL 804 Scientific Integrity: Molecular Biosciences

Students also must complete 6 credit hours of elective courses in biology/chemistry and 6 credit hours of elective courses in analysis/mathematics/statistics.

By the end of the second year, the student should have completed the formal course work to fulfill requirements for the degree. The student completes and submits a research proposal for the comprehensive oral examination. The proposal must develop a research topic related to the general areas of bioinformatics. The topic of the research proposal is decided upon by the student in consultation with the thesis advisor. Upon completion of the comprehensive oral examination, the student aggressively carries out research in the laboratory of the thesis advisor. In addition, the student continues attending the weekly bioinformatics seminar series and participating in the bioinformatics student seminar series. A Ph.D. degree is awarded once the student has written a final dissertation and carried out a successful defense of it before a committee.

The Bioinformatics Ph.D. includes training in research skills and responsible scholarship. The research skills training requirement is met through BINF 701/702 coursework, as well as through individual mentorship and collaborations in the Center for Bioinformatics and student research presentations. The responsible scholarship training requirement is met through BIOL 804 coursework, as well as through individual mentorship during the conduct of research.

Contact Info

Center for Bioinformatics

Shankel Multidisciplinary Research Building
2030 Becker Drive, Room 200
Lawrence, KS 66047-1620
Bioinformatics site
Ilya Vakser, Director
John Karanicolas, Graduate Director
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