Faculty of Engineering and Natural Sciences

Bioinformatics and Genetics

About Program

The department of bioinformatics and genetics is founded at the center of biological and computer science to explain the evolutionary relationship between living organisms by using computer-based approaches. Within the last decade, the advances in the field of cell and omics technologies accelerate the generation of biological information. Hence, a new era called as ‘biological big data’ opens. In our department, we aim to train our undergraduate students, identifying specific problems in the field of biological science and offering the best solutions for them through both theoretical and practical courses.

The main step of offering the most optimal solutions towards biological problems is to understand the basic relationships between DNA, RNA, protein, and metabolites according to principles of physics and chemistry. Through the advances in technologies, it is possible to evaluate the impacts of genetics together with environmental factors to explain what happens inside the cell. To emphasize the importance of this, the course contents have been shaped. The medium of education is in English. After teaching the basic engineering capabilities through physics, chemistry, mathematics, and computer-oriented courses, we offer the courses helping to construct a deep knowledge in the field of data science together with the understanding of recent technologies in the genetic field. The compulsory and elective courses aim to train people, who can examine the bio-based concepts from different points of view. The recent topics in the fields of bioinformatics and genetics are listed as cancer research, drug design & resistance towards different mechanisms, structural biology, molecular evolution, artificial intelligence & decision-making algorithms, etc. All the courses are given by the specialists in their fields and the contents of the courses are supported by laboratory practices, internships, and graduation projects. Moreover, we welcome the involvement of undergraduate students as being a part of ongoing projects led by faculty members in our department. Being a part of an ongoing project will contribute to more undergraduate students in terms of both understanding their actual interest among many topics and boosting their education in more specific fields.