MRes in Computational Biology

Lead Research Organisation: University of York
Department Name: Biology


The Masters in Research (MRes) in Computational Biology programme trains graduates to meet the computational research demands of modern interdisciplinary bioscience (e.g. postgenomic, systems and synthetic biology) in universities, research institutes and industry. Delivered by staff from across the Departments of Biology, Chemistry and Computer Science, the course provides interdisciplinary research-led training in data analysis, informatics and the organisation and dynamics of complex biosystems. The programme builds on over 30 years of experience in training mathematically, statistically and computationally literate bioscientists. From the long running MSc in Biological Computation to the Masters of Research programmes in Bioinformatics, Maths in the Living Environment and Computational Biology we have continued to develop and evolve programmes to meet the current, and future, research demands of interdisciplinary bioscience. Our focus on core training in the essentials of data analysis, statistics, computational methods and modelling and the provision of opportunities to practise such methods in a research context equip graduates to meet new challenges emerging in biological research. The programme is principally aimed at graduates of the biological and molecular sciences but also accepts graduates of computer science, mathematics and statistics who can demonstrate an interest in the biosciences. SPECIFIC AIMS OF THE PROGRAMME: * to provide knowledge of the concepts and methods underpinning research in bioinformatics and computational biology; * to provide training in bioinformatics research skills, principally in the areas of: - sequence to structure to function, and evolutionary relationships in biomolecules - analysis of large biological data sets - modelling and simulation of biological systems; * to provide training in skills that are widely transferable, such as mathematical and programming skills, personal effectiveness, team working, communication and technology transfer; * to apply and develop these skills through three research projects including an external placement in academia, research institutes or industry worldwide. PROGRAMME STRUCTURE (51 WEEKS) Also see attached 'CBoutline2010.doc' * Autumn term 11 weeks ( -1 to 10) The focus is on providing teaching in the more fundamental areas with the following modules: Sequence, Structure & Genomics; Data Analysis I - Concepts and Skills; Introduction to Programming (Python); and Transferable skills. * Spring term 15 weeks (1 to 15) Taught modules advance the knowledge and skills acquired during the Autumn term and comprise: Data Analysis II - Applied Biological Data Analysis; Complex Dynamical Biosystems; Biocomputing and Web Applications; and Introduction to Machine Learning. There is a greater emphasis on research work during this term with a 12-13 week individual project. * Summer term 18 weeks (1 to 18) This term is devoted almost entirely to a 17-18 week research project normally carried out on placement in industry, a research institute or academic institute.



Emma Rand (Principal Investigator)
James P.J. Chong (Researcher Co-Investigator)
Richard Waites (Researcher Co-Investigator)
Naveed Aziz (Researcher Co-Investigator)
Neil Bruce (Researcher Co-Investigator)
Adrian Bors (Researcher Co-Investigator) orcid
John Clifford Sparrow (Researcher Co-Investigator)
Simon McQueen-Mason (Researcher Co-Investigator)
Jennifer Southgate (Researcher Co-Investigator) orcid
Ottoline Leyser (Researcher Co-Investigator) orcid
Frans Maathuis (Researcher Co-Investigator) orcid
Jon Timmis (Researcher Co-Investigator) orcid
Simon O'Keefe (Researcher Co-Investigator) orcid
Kelly Robert Redeker (Researcher Co-Investigator) orcid
John Pillmoor (Researcher Co-Investigator)
Edward Blair Clark (Researcher Co-Investigator)
Andrzej Marek Brzozowski (Researcher Co-Investigator) orcid
Simon John Hickinbotham (Researcher Co-Investigator)
Shane Booth (Researcher Co-Investigator)
Marjan Van Der Woude (Researcher Co-Investigator) orcid
James Cussens (Researcher Co-Investigator)
Alfred Antson (Researcher Co-Investigator) orcid
Jerry Thomas (Researcher Co-Investigator)
Peter Lillford (Researcher Co-Investigator)
Peter Young (Researcher Co-Investigator)
Reidun Twarock (Researcher Co-Investigator)
Louise Byass (Researcher Co-Investigator)
Gavin Hugh Thomas (Researcher Co-Investigator) orcid
Julie Wilson (Researcher Co-Investigator) orcid
Garib Novruz Ogly Murshudov (Researcher Co-Investigator) orcid
Seishi Shimizu (Researcher Co-Investigator)
Harry Victor Isaacs (Researcher Co-Investigator)
Daniel Kudenko (Researcher Co-Investigator)
Leo Simon Caves (Researcher Co-Investigator)
Deborah Frances Smith (Researcher Co-Investigator) orcid
Jane Katharine Hill (Researcher Co-Investigator) orcid
Pierre Broun (Researcher Co-Investigator)
Christopher J H Elliott (Researcher Co-Investigator)
Susan Stepney (Researcher Co-Investigator) orcid
Roderick Eliot Hubbard (Researcher Co-Investigator) orcid
Peter Damian Ashton (Researcher Co-Investigator) orcid
Matthew Collins (Researcher Co-Investigator) orcid
David Ashford (Researcher Co-Investigator)
Daniel Ungar (Researcher Co-Investigator)
Janice Simpson (Researcher Co-Investigator)
Kevin Cowtan (Researcher Co-Investigator)
Mark Christopher Coles (Researcher Co-Investigator)
Steven David Penfield (Researcher Co-Investigator)
Jonathan Pitchford (Researcher Co-Investigator)


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