Masters in Biomedical Science (MSBS)

The masters in bioinformatics provides a solid basic background in bioinformatics. The computational and research training positions graduates well for further training (PhD, MD or other doctoral programs), or for jobs in academic or industrial research labs. Application here.  

The masters in bioinformatics is designed for students preparing for research careers in academia, biotechnology companies, or public sector agencies. A selection of courses that provide a solid grounding in modern biomedical science is complemented by training in computational methods. A research project and written thesis completes your preparation. Most students complete the bioinformatics MSBS within 2y. 



Sharmistha Chakrabortty (pictured at left with Patrick Brennan)
Sharmistha successfully defended her thesis on June 15, 2017. The title of her thesis was, "SNPs and Indel Analysis in Human Genome Using Computer Simulation and Sequencing Data". Sharmistha's major advisor was Dr. Alexei Fedorov, and her Committee members were Dr. Robert Blumenthal, Dr. Sadik Khuder and Dr. Robert Trumbly.






Basil Khuder
Basil successfully defended his thesis on June 14, 2017. The title of his thesis was, "Human Genome and Transcriptome Analysis with Next-Generation Sequencing". Basil's major advisor was Dr. Alexei Fedorov, and his Committee members were Dr. Robert Blumenthal and Dr. David Kennedy.






Patrick J. Brennan
Patrick successfully defended his thesis on June 13, 2017. The title of his thesis was, "Cracking 23andMe: An Investigation of Ancestry Using Haplotypes". Patrick's major advisor was Dr. Alexei Fedorov, and his Committee members were Dr. Robert Blumenthal and Dr. Sadik Khuder.




Heather P. Brown
Heather successfully defended her thesis on December 1, 2016. The title of her thesis was, "Homology-Based Structural Prediction of the Binding Interface Between the Tick Borne Encephalitis Virus Restriction Factor TRIM79 and the Flavivirus Non-Structural 5 Protein". Heather's major advisor was Dr. R. Travis Taylor, and her Committee members were Dr. Robert Blumenthal and Dr. Xiche Hu.




Diego A. Morales

Diego successfully defended his thesis on October 19, 2016. The title of his thesis was, "A Bioinformatical Approach to COPD". Diego's major advisor was Dr. James Willey, and his Committee members were Dr. Alexei Fedorov and Dr. Sadik Khuder.



Joseph S. Mainsah
Joseph successfully defended his thesis on September 27, 2016. The title of his thesis was, "Determnation of Early Human Intercontinental Migration from Genomic IBD Segments Flow Analysis". Joseph's major advisor is Dr. Alexei Fedorov, and his Committee members are Dr. Robert Blumenthal, and Dr. Sadik Khuder.




Yuriy R. Yatskiv
Yuriy successfully defended his thesis on August 18, 2016.  The title of his thesis was, "Haplotype Analysis of an Archaic Denisovan Genome".  Yuriy's major advisor was Dr. Alexei Fedorov, Associate Professor in the Dept of Medicine and Life Sciences, and Vice Director of the Bioinformatics Program. 
Yuriy is currently pursuing an MBA degree at UT, College of Business and Innovation.




Yvette Unoarumhi
Yvette successfully defended her thesis on April 12, 2016.  The title of her thesis was, "Evolution of a Bacteria Global Regulator-Lrp".  Yvette's major advisor was Dr. Jyl Matson, Dept. of Medical Microbiology & Immunology.

Yvette completed an Internship at Procter & Gamble, Cincinnati, OH, and is currently in the process of interviewing to find her new position.

I recently completed my masters degree at the University of Toledo under the supervision of Dr. Jyl Matson and Dr. Robert Blumenthal, both faculty members in the Department of Medical Microbiology & Immunology. While at UT, I worked on the evolution of a global regulator; Leucine responsive regulatory protein (Lrp), and it was a very rewarding experience. The program is indeed challenging, but in a rewarding way, and at the end it pays off.   I am grateful for the seasoned professors I worked with who constantly encouraged me to do my best.  Upon graduation, I was awarded the Best Graduating Student in Basic Science Research award, in addition to the publication of my research thesis in a scientific journal. Lastly, the BIPG program creates a unique opportunity with an edge.


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Ahmed S. 
Ahmed successfully defended his thesis on November 4, 2014.  The title of his thesis was, "Inter-and-Intra-Populated Genetic Variations in Humans". Ahmed's major advisor was Dr. Tammy Morrish, formerly of the Department of Biochemistry & Cancer Biology at UT.
Ahmed is currently pursuing a PhD in Molecular Medicine (MOME track) at UT 

"While earning my master’s degree, I learned skills and knowledge on combining biological data to form a comprehensive picture of cellular activities. The field of bioinformatics has evolved such that the most pressing task now involves the analysis and interpretation of various types of data, including nucleotide and amino acid sequences, protein domains, and protein structures. My next plans and professional objectives are very clear. It is my desire to be a high profile researcher in the fields of genetics, molecular and cellular biology, gene microarrays, genomics and proteomics.  The Masters program was my initial step." [Currently a PhD student in UT’s Molecular Medicine track.]



Maryam Nabiyouni, PhD
Maryam successfully defended her thesis on June 3, 2011. The title of her thesis was, "Mega-scale Bioinformatics Investigation of Codon Bias in Vertebrates".  Maryam's major advisor was Dr. Alexei Fedorov, Vice Director of the Bioinformatics Program.

Maryam is currently employed as a Scientist at Progenity, Inc., Ann Arbor, MI 

"I just completed my PhD in Bioengineering at the University of Toledo College of Engineering under supervision of Dr. Sarit B. Bhaduri where I investigated the biomedical applications of magnesium-phosphate nanoparticles. My earlier bioinformatic dgree has definitely differentiated me from other scientists in biological or computer sciences, as it has given me the skills to understand both sides. I feel privileged to have a degree in bioinformatics as in the era of excessive biological information there is a growing need for scientists with background in bioinformatics”. [Currently a staff scientist at ProGenity, Inc.]


ArnabArnab Saha Mandal 
Arnab successfully defended his thesis on June 24, 2013.  The title of his thesis was, "Computational Analysis of the Evolution of Non-Coding Genomic Sequences".  Arnab's major advisor was Dr. Alexei Fedorov, Vice Director of the Bioinformatics Program.  
Arnab is currently a PhD Student in Bioinformatics at the Alberta Children's Hospital Research Institute for Child and Maternal Health, University of Calgary.

"I always had an innate curiosity about applying programming skills to biological problems, but I never had a career insight into this multidisciplinary field. My admission to the MSBS program in bioinformatics provided an ideal platform. The coursework covered a comprehensive breadth of genetics, molecular biology, cellular signaling mechanisms, biostatistics etc. The faculty was very open to answering questions, encouraging students towards fundamental thinking, and offering valuable career advice. I worked with Dr. Alexei Fedorov for my thesis, and his guidance helped me to be extremely productive and be abreast of the requirements of this fast growing field. I co-authored four publications from his lab, and received awards thereafter from University of Toledo as well as my current institution, the University of Calgary. The growing deluge of genomic datasets is creating an urgent need for experts in computer programming, biology, genetics, mathematics and statistics. As a result, bioinformatics skills are widely sought after in academia and industry. My PhD thesis at the University of Calgary is based on applying machine learning algorithms towards predicting the impact of genetic variations in humans. I am glad to have graduated from the bioinformatics program at UT, that helped me imbibe the skills, knowledge, tenacity and resilience to proceed forward." [Currently a PhD student in Computer Science at University of Calgary]


Applicants to the MSBS degree with a concentration in Bioinformatics, Proteomics and Genomics, must meet the following requirements, in addition to those of the UT Graduate School.  Please refer to the Graduate School website "New Student" page for additional requirements here.

1. Online application form. Students who have already applied to the Program can check their application status online here. If a student's application is incomplete, this site will indicate which documents are missing.

2. GRE: 

         a. GRE requirements have been waived for the following:

    • US students with GPA above 3.0
    • UT or University of Findlay pipeline students
    • Students who can submit recent MCAT scores (25 or higher)            

  b. For all others, our requirement is:  

    • GRE composite score of 300 (combined verbal and quantitative) and 3.5 (analytical). GRE scores are required and they must be current (within the last five years). The GRE is not required if you have MCAT scores as an alternative (taken by medical science and MD/PhD Program applicants as a national equivalent). 

3. Earned bachelor's degree or earned graduate degree from an accredited college or university. Applicants with a degree in progress will be considered.

4. Official transcripts for undergraduate and any graduate education. GPA of 3.0 or above (on a 4-pt scale). A student with a GPA of 2.5 or above, but below 3.0, may apply for provisional acceptance . This will change to Regular (non-probationary) status. If their first term graduate coursework has a GPA of 3.0 or above (on a 4.0 scale).

5. Three letter of recommendation from college faculty or research supervisors, signed and on official letterhead.

6. CV including Statement of Purpose. Previous research experience is considered, but not required. Students can begin at the start of any term, though Fall entry is recommended. Admissions are made on a rolling basis until the class is filled.

7. TOEFL scores for applicants whose native language is not English. We require a score of 550 or higher for the paper-administrated version, 213 or higher for the computer-administered version, and 80 or higher for the Internet-administered version. (IELTS scores are no longer accepted). 

International students can find important information here:




Note for Spring Start
:This is not recommended, because courses are taken out of sequence.
However, if need justifies it, we will consider students for Spring start.



REQUIRED FORMS for current Graduate students are listed below. 

1. After being accepted into the program, a Plan of Study form is required. A partially completed Plan of Study can be found here

2) The G.R.A.D. form (Graduate Research Advisory Committee Approval & Assurances Form) is required prior to the student beginning any research (by the end of the Fall 1 term).  The GRAD form can be found here.

3)  Acceptance of Thesis form can be found here.  Also, please review this page on the Graduate School website for specific instructions on preparing your thesis, and required forms before and after your defense. Please keep in mind that the Qualifying Exam must be taken BEFORE thesis research begins. Exam questions can be found here. From this list, 20 questions will be chosen for your Exam. During the semester you are doing your thesis, you must be registered for at least one credit. This is a Graduate School requirement.  This should be a bioinformatics courseIf you wish to take a course from another program, please discuss this with your advisor and Program Director before registering.


1) In Fall 1 semester, students will attend, but not register for, a section of the Mentored Research course where all faculty members with openings in their labs present a summary of their research, so students can decide which they want to consider as their Advisor. This is how rotation mentors are chosen by incoming students. 

2) Students are required to do two rotations of 6 weeks duration with two BIPG faculty members of their choosing. In each rotation, the student participates in an on-going research program with each faculty member.  Sometime during the second rotation, students should meet with the Program Director (Dr. Robert Blumenthal), to discuss your choice of advisor.

3) At the end of the first semester of classes, the student chooses an Advisor, after discussing it with the chosen faculty member, and he/she is in agreement.  

4) After an Advisor is chosen, the student must choose a minimum of two other faculty members, which will make up their Thesis Committee.  Students consult with their Advisor, and together they choose their Committee members.  The student will then ask each of the faculty members if they would consider being a part of their Committee.  The Committee will help the student choose electives and plan their Thesis or Scholarly Project.  Committees must be in place BEFORE the student begins their research.

5) After Committee members are chosen, a G.R.A.D. form must be completed, signed, and submitted to the Graduate School. This is required BEFORE your research begins.  

Note: Faculty members not currently on the approved list can be added, if the faculty member and Program both agree.

BIPG6600 INTERNSHIP 1-6cr hours (Optional)
A newly-approved Internship course is now available to master students during their final term, AFTER the completion of thesis research. An exception to this rule is, if the Internship directly contributes to the thesis, it may be taken while the thesis is being written. This must be agreed upon and approved by the student's thesis advisor. Students will gain a learning experience in an industry setting, to enhance their practical training and employability. UT has Internship agreements with Covance, Inc./Indianapolis, IN, Proctor & Gamble Co./Cincinnati, OH, NAMSA, Inc. (North American Science Associates)/Northwood, OH, and ProGenity, Inc./Ann Arbor, MI

Master students who are interested in doing an Internship, DO NOT contact the potential companies on your own, without contacting the BIPG Program first.  Please fill out the simple form found here, and send it in an email to

Please see "Forms and Deadlines" link on left side bar or our website.

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


patsharmisthaMSBS students attended the GLBIO 2017 Conference at the University of Illinois at Chicago, May 15-17, 2017

Sharmistha Chakrabortty and Patrick Brennan display their poster at the GLBIO Conference. Basil Khuder was also a contributor to the poster.


Last Updated: 6/27/17