The Department of Bioinformatics and Genomics was established within the College of Computing and Informatics in 2009 to foster research and education in Bioinformatics and Computational Biology. Located in the Bioinformatics Building on UNC Charlotte’s CRI Campus, the Department offers a Ph.D. in Bioinformatics and Computational Biology, a Professional Science Master’s in Bioinformatics, Graduate Certificates in Bioinformatics, Computer Science Bioinformatics Concentration, B.S. and B.A. degrees, and an undergraduate Minor in Bioinformatics and Genomics. The building has both wet and dry laboratories, and includes core facilities for molecular biology, genomics, and high-performance computing. The department employs 13 traditional faculty who are dedicated full-time to the Department and its programs, 4 research faculty, 8 full-time office and laboratory staff, and several part-time instructors. At any given time there are approximately 100 graduate students, postdoctoral researchers, and undergraduate majors associated with the department, and growth is on the horizon.
The Department also operates a Bioinformatics Services Division on the North Carolina Research Campus, a billion-dollar, 350-acre research park in nearby Kannapolis. The focus of this group is the development and application of novel analytical methods for knowledge discovery involving large biological datasets.
Our mission is to turn biological data into knowledge for the benefit of humanity.