Graduate Programs


The University of Toledo is a pioneer in the field of Bioinformatics — a field at the intersection of computer science and molecular biology. We have offered a graduate program in Bioinformatics for more than a decade. 

 We offer: 

UToledo’s Bioinformatics graduate program is a core educational component of the Center for Biomarker Research and Personalized Medicine (School of BRIM). BRIM was designated by the Ohio Board of Regents as a Center of Excellence in Biomedicine and Individualized Medicine in 2009. 

The School of Biomarker Research and Individualized Medicine is housed in the College of Medicine and Life Sciences, but includes faculty and students from the College of Natural Sciences and Mathematics and the College of Engineering. 

Top Reasons to Study bioinformatics at UToledo

  1. Distinctive program.

    UToledo's graduate program in Bioinformatics has been recognized for its outstanding achievements.  

    • Receives funding from Choose Ohio First, which offers tuition scholarships to UToledo Bioinformatics students 
    • Designated by the state of Ohio as a Center of Excellence  
  2. Dual B.S./M.S. degree.
    This unique pipeline program allows UToledo and University of Findlay Biology majors to earn their B.S. and M.S. in Bioinformatics in about 5.5 years. 
  3. Professional development.
    Each year, our students attend the Great Lakes Bioinformatics Conference, an affiliate of the International Society for Computational Biology. They are encouraged to participate by presenting orally or in poster form. 


UToledo faculty members in the Bioinformatics graduate program have won teaching, research, mentoring and patent awards. They represent a variety of research interests and areas of expertise, including:  

  • Using bioinformatics, genetics and biochemical approaches to analyze transcriptional regulation in prostate and breast cancer 
  • Human genome function 
  • Modeling of DNA evolution 
  • Gene regulation in bacteria 
  • Flow of genes between bacteria 
  • Smoking and lung cancer 
  • Large-scale data analysis 
  • Plant molecular biology 
  • Genetics of hypertension 
  • Genetics of diabetes 


What jobs can I get with a bioinformatics degree?

Our graduate program prepares students to: 

  • Enter a Ph.D. program in Biomedical, Engineering or Biotechnological fields 
  • Enter a professional program in 
    • Medicine (particularly genomic medicine) 
    • Business (particularly biotechnology management) 
    • Law (particularly intellectual-property law) 
  • Find positions at government agencies or with companies focused on biotechnology (genomics, pharmaceuticals and more) 

UToledo students seeking employment have been hired immediately or soon after graduation from our program. Students who intern are often hired by the companies for whom they work. One student began work even before officially graduating, at a starting annual salary of $80,000. 

UToledo Bioinformatics graduates have been accepted to: 

  • The University of Toledo (M.D. and Ph.D. programs) 
  • University of Calgary 
  • University of Michigan School of Medicine 
  • Henry Ford Hospital Residency Program 
  • Ohio College of Podiatric Medicine  
  • University of Pikeville-Kentucky Osteopathic Medicine 

Alumni of UToledo’s Bioinformatics graduate program have been hired as: 

  • Scientists, Progenity, Ann Arbor, Mich. 
  • Molecular microbial ecologist, University of Jordan, Amman 
  • Computational biologist, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Atlanta  
  • Molecular biologist, Harvard University, Cambridge, Mass. 
  • Developer, University of Calgary, Calgary, Alberta, Canada 
  • Bioinformatics analyst, Nationwide Children's Hospital, Columbus  
  • Associate creative director at DDB Health, New York  








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Last Updated: 4/24/24