LEV ACADEMIC CENTER

Bioinformatics Department Lev Campus | Tal Campus This unique B.Sc. program allows students to specialize in a cutting edge field in science and to continue their studies toward advanced academic degrees in the various sciences. Graduates of the Bioinformatics Department, a program unique to the Lev Academic Center, are very much in demand in leading academic centers in both in Israel and abroad: Weizmann Institute, Hebrew University, Bar-Ilan University, and Tel Aviv University.The early graduates of the program at the Tal Campus were hired by institutions in the United States and England. Our graduates are also hired by genome centers whose numbers in hospitals and research groups are growing. In addition, students in the program assimilate into positions in academic and industrial research groups even before completing their degree. The program is suitable for anyone looking to combine computer sciences with life sciences. The program is suitable to anyone interested in studying chemistry and/or biology but also finding a job in high-tech industries after receiving the B.Sc. degree and to students who want to study computer sciences while also enriching their understanding of the life sciences. The program is similarly suitable to anyone wanting to study medicine by completing 4 years of study after attaining a B.Sc. in bioinformatics (contingent on the requirements of the particular medical school in question). For more information, see p. 24. At the Lev Campus, the bioinformatics program is taught in the B.Sc. programs of the Software Engineering and Computer Sciences Departments Information on p. 16. You may contact the department office: By phone: 02-654-7244 | fax: 02-654-7246 | or email: biochem@jct.ac.il In its essence, bioinformatics combines life sciences with computer sciences , and is at the forefront of life science research because of the vast amount of information being gathered, especially about the genome, the development of current research methods, and new options for using computerized algorithms. Since the breakthrough discovery of the structure of DNA, which dictates structures and processes of living organisms, science has gathered growing amounts of information about human and other DNA sequences. This information is the key to future medical developments, such as early detection of genetic diseases and destructive cellular changes, finding the factors that make certain people more resistant than others to various illnesses, understanding biological processes, and developing innovative and more effective medications than ever before. Still, we are talking about the accumulation of massive amounts of data. To use it optimally, we must find new ways to preserve it, organize it by patterns, study it, and sift the wheat from the chaff. This is the bioinformatics mission: to decode biological systems, process cumulative data from biology research being updated at dizzying speeds, and applied to science, medicine and industry. A research group active at the Lev Academic Center has already reached impressive results in drug development using bioinformatics methods. This research team is responsible for the bioinformatics curriculum. The curriculum focuses on advanced genome sequencing methods, big data analysis, data mining, and computerized drug development. The diverse program consists of basic science courses in mathematics, physics, chemistry, and biology. The bioinformatics specialization demands knowledge and proficiency in modern computer programming, and hence the inclusion of advanced computer sciences courses. In addition, the curriculum includes specifically designed courses, such as familiarity with bioinformatics databases, molecular biology with emphasis on advanced sequencing methods, analysis of learning systems, statistical models in bioinformatics and systems biology, molecular modeling, logical drug planning, and specialization and command of calculation software used in the pharmaceutical industry and industry in general. 22

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