About the Program
Biology, biotechnology and biosciences have been rapidly developing since 2000. To handle the data produced, computer technology is required due to the excessive amount of data. Most of the recent techniques used in DNA, RNA and protein based research is supported by bioinformatics and computer science. The computer science offers a new era for the biological sciences. For example the building block of the cell, proteins are modeled in 3D using computer; this enables the rapid and efficient identification of molecular interactions and signal transduction pathways. Similarly, mutations in the genetic sequence can be detected quite fast using the computer technology. Since the recent advancements in computational biology decreased the cost and accelerated the research processes including the drug development, the in silico studies are highly demanded in industry.
The young scientists having PhD from our department will have strong background on molecular biology and genetics, analyze the biological data using bioinformatics tools, develop tools, algorithms, and design drug candidates using computational biology techniques such as molecular modeling and simulations. This program is similatly close to basic science, translational science and applications in the sector.
The program requires thesis writing. The education is 100% in English.
Why Would I Choose This Program?
The advanced genetic and computer technology has generated the intensive data processing needs and offered an environment where biology can be generated in silico. Revolutionary applications have been developed and are being developed. Bioinformaticians are globally sought; to answers such needs and develop applications. This need is predicted to in increase even higher in medical field quite soon.
Kadir Has University PhD Program in Bioinformatics and Genetics founded under Science Institute is the sole Bioinformatics and Genetics program in Turkey. Having a curriculum parallel with the well-known and highly respected universities around the world, our PhD program targets raising scientists to have strong international interactions and always up-to-date with cutting edge science. The program offers an education in global scientific standards, providing seminars, exchange programs and collaborative projects, thus aiming at raising students to a worldwide competition.
Our students, receiving proper education on chemistry, molecular biology and computational biology will hold the advantage in the competitive field. For example, they will not only learn how to analyze the nucleic acid data, how to model a protein, but also the chemical properties of nucleic acids and proteins, and their affect on heredity. Our grads will be one step forward, with the advantages of their large vision.
In our department, research and education are kept in a balance. The PhD Program is run by young, active scientist who direct and work in national and international projects, in an environment of global standards and universal values. In this context, we welcome PhD candidates who are not passive audience, but dynamic scientist to contribute science.
How will This Program Effect My Career?
One branch of education that will be given throughout PhD is genetics. This education comprises both classical and modern genetic techniques. The other branch of the education is computational biology and bioinformatics. These two sciences, both very young, are the generation of biological data in silico, and process of the biological data in silico, respectively. Our students will finalize their education, having courses on cell biology, human genetics, medicinal chemistry, structural drug design, molecular simulation, quantum chemistry, statistics and programming.
Currently, the leading pharmaceutical companies worldwide are running giant projects on bioinformatics and genetics research. This newly developing sector demands a great number of researchers. Our grads may continue their careers both in academia and private companies. They will have the interdisciplinary expertise, having solid background genetics, handling biological data effectively, which they can apply this into medicine, chemistry, biotechnology, agriculture, energy and similar fields.
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