Certificate in Bioinformatics & Biomarkers

The Bioinformatics and Biomarkers Certificate Program introduces students to the newly evolving fields of bioinformatics, proteomics and genomics, and provides a core knowledge of analytical approaches used in these fields. 

    • The curriculum is designed to complement coursework and research of students enrolled in the University of Toledo Ph.D. in Biomedical Sciences Program, but also is open to other qualified students. 
    • Students can take one or two courses per term, earning the Certificate in one or two years.
    • Currently enrolled UT PhD in Biomedical Sciences or MSBS students may take individual BPG courses as electives, with permission of the instructor. To receive a Certificate in Bioformatics and Biomarkers, an online application must be submitted.
    • The Program is a joint effort of the University of Toledo Main and Health Science Campuses, and Bowling Green State University.


Shuhao QiuShuhao Qiu, MD, PhD
Currently a resident in the UT 
College of Medicine and Life Sciences

 "Getting a Bioinformatics Certificate is one of the wisest decision I made in my life.  The courses include nearly every aspect regarding the field of Bioinformatics, including, but not limited to, sequencing techniques, computational skills, statistical methods, etc. After spending one year in the coursework, now all this knowledge has become a foundation for my current research related to next-generation sequencing. Working with the most updated and advanced technology that applies to the bioinformatics field, you need a vast basic knowledge and that is exactly what the Bioinformatics & Biomarkers Certificate can bring to you." [Currently a medical resident in the Dept. of Medicine at UT]


Meghan WyseMeghan Wyse, PhD
Currently at UCSD School of Medicine
Moores Cancer Center

"I obtained my Ph.D. in Cancer Biology and Biochemistry at UT, as well as the certificate in Bioinformatics and Biomarkers. In the fall of 2014 I began postdoctoral research in the lab of Richard Klemke at the University of California San Diego. My current research focuses on the mechanisms of human breast and pancreatic cancer progression, as well as models of amoeboid cell motility. The lab has its own proteomics facility and I frequently use my knowledge of bioinformatics and statistics in my day to day research. The certificate program gave me a more in-depth knowledge of the ever-expanding field that I will continue to use throughout my career." [Currently a postdoctoral fellow at University of California San Diego]


Benjamin "Randy" HartBenjamin "Randy" Hart, MD, PhD
Currently an Internal Medicine Resident
Henry Ford Hospital, Detroit, MI

"The bioinformatics training has helped me with several ongoing research projects as well as helping to connect sequencing results to the clinical picture in rare genetic disorders.  I have worked on projects with the Allergy and Immunology program at Detroit Medical Center to help provide plausible mechanisms for previously undocumented mutations, linking them to clinical syndromes using tools sets learned through the bioinformatics program."  [Currently a medical resident at DMC]

STUDENT LEARNING OBJECTIVES (SLO's) for Certificate Program here.



Current UT graduate students: 

1. Completed online application
. Statement of Purpose
3. One letter of recommendation. A letter which was submitted when you applied to your current graduate program may be used.

Applicants who are not UT graduate students:

1. Completed online application.
2. Official transcripts.  Minimum 3.0 undergraduate GPA; degree in process will be considered.
3. Earned baccalaureate and GRE, or earned graduate degree from an accredited college or university.
4. Three (3) letters of recommendation, signed, and on official letterhead.


After being accepted into the Certificate Program, a Plan of Study form must be filled out and submitted. A mostly complete form can be found here


If you are currently in a graduate student in a PhD program at UT, and you have taken the four required courses for the Certificate, you do not have to apply online.  Simply complete the Request to Add a Graduate Certificate form found here, and return it to the Graduate School.

Financial details can be found at the UT Treasurer's Office here





Last Updated: 6/9/16