Graduate Training Program in Bioinformatics

The Bioinformatics and Systems Biology Program receives funding from the NIH-funded Institutional Training Grants in Bioinformatics (T32GM008806) to train students in the interdisciplinary areas of Bioinformatics and Systems Biology. Professor Shankar Subramaniam is the Principal Investigator on the training grant.

The Interdisciplinary Bioinformatics Graduate Program at UC San Diego was established in 2001 by a group of faculty led by Dr. Subramaniam. The mission of the program is to train a new breed of interdisciplinary researchers in the areas of Bioinformatics and Systems Biology. Research in the biomedical sciences requires solid quantitative training with a strong basis in new technologies. There is a need for specialized programs at this crossing point that foster quantitative thinking and aid the discovery process in biology. Understanding how genomes work requires sophisticated algorithmic and statistical techniques (bioinformatics) and new high throughput technologies for understanding the function of genes on a genome-wide scale. While there are also several other graduate programs emphasizing biology at UC San Diego, the Bioinformatics and Systems Biology Program is the only one that specifically emphasizes computing for solving biomedical problems. Throughout its existence, the Program has attracted some of the best students and is widely regarded as one of the most competitive graduate programs in the nation. For information about program requirements, please see our Admissions page.

The current trainees supported by the training grant are

  • Nassim Ajami
  • Miin Sophia Lin
  • Jens-Christian Luebeck
  • Ileena Mitra
  • Alexander Moshiri
  • John Sauls
  • Isaac Shamie
  • Colleen Weatherwax


The Bioinformatics and Systems Biology Program is committed to improving the diversity among graduate students. We encourage students from under-represented minorities and disadvantaged backgrounds to apply. Groups under-represented in BISB research include, but are not limited to, African Americans, Hispanic Americans, Native Americans, Alaskan Natives, Hawaiian Natives, and natives of the U.S. Pacific Islands. In addition, we encourage applications from the following: individuals with disabilities, defined as those with a physical or mental impairment that substantially limits one or more major life activities; individuals from disadvantaged backgrounds; and individuals who come from a social, cultural, or educational environment that have demonstrably and recently directly inhibited the individual from obtaining the knowledge, skills, and abilities necessary to develop and participate in a research career.