Bioinformatics, and the associated tools of proteomics and genomics (BPG), have transformed biomedical research. The health of our research and educational programs as well as progress in biology, chemistry, pharmacy, medicine, bioengineering, and related fields, depends critically on incorporating these tools.
The fields of bioinformatics, proteomics and genomics are aggressively expanding. Knowledge in these areas is increasingly expected of all biomedical researchers, whether in academia, government, or the private sector. These analytical tools are being introduced into the practice of medicine, and into general biology in areas such as ecology, bioremediation, agriculture, etc. In addition, this knowledge is valuable for careers in certain areas of business, law, computer science, and mathematics.
Bioinformatics is the use of computers to extract useful information from (for the most part) DNA sequences. From a billion As, Gs, Cs and Ts, how do we predict gene function or regulation, and how do we link genetic variations with medically-relevant traits? A good description of bioinformatics can be found here: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bioinformatics).
Genomics has varied definitions. It often refers to comparisons of the entire gene sets between species. At UT, the focus is on which genes are being transcribed in different cells, using microarray equipment.
BPG provides students and researchers with the advanced analytical tools and approaches needed for state-of-the-art biomedical research.
The BPG Program contributes to the teaching mission of the University by educating graduate and other students, as well as interested faculty and staff, in the theory, methods, and applications of bioinformatics, proteomics, and genomics. The Program contributes to the research mission of the University by carrying out research in BPG, and by operating core laboratory facilities that make expertise and specialized equipment available. The Program contributes to the service mission of the University by providing a regional and state resource of expertise and technology for bioinformatics, proteomics and genomics.
For additional information about becoming a BPG student, BPG research at UT, or use of the BPG core facilities, contact the BPG Secretary, Ms. JoAnne Gray, 419-383-6883, or the BPG Program Director, Dr. Robert M. Blumenthal, 419-383-5422.
Faculty and students who participated in Lab Coat Ceremony, August 25, 2014