The mission of the Department of Computational Medicine and Bioinformatics (DCM&B) is to create novel and impactful informatics and computationally-based methods, tools, and algorithms, and resources to extend basic and clinical research capabilities and results. Computational medicine and bioinformatics is an applied field, and relies on an interdisciplinary research culture for success. DCM&B is deeply committed to training the next generation of innovators and leaders in this field, applying to create new science, translational research, and creating new methods to improve public health and societal welfare. The department consists of the Bioinformatics Graduate Program, the Center for Computational Medicine and Bioinformatics (CCMB), the Bioinformatics Core, and the National Center for Integrative Biomedical Informatics (NCIBI).
Bioinformatics consists of a mathematical and/or statistical analysis of a biomedical problem using computation. We define Bioinformatics widely and include traditional Bioinformatics areas such as Systems Biology , Genomics, Proteomics, plus statistical and evolutionary genetics, clinical informatics, and protein modeling, are just some examples . As an interdisciplinary field, Bioinformatics attracts graduate students from mathematics, statistics, physics, computer science, biomedical engineering, chemistry, biochemistry and biology.