FEATURE 15 December 2012

Bioinformatics: Rapid Strides in Modern Medical Sciences

Owing to rapid strides in modern medical sciences, bioinformatics has also emerged as an important career option for many of Indian youths. Bioinformatics or in simple language, computational biology is the application of information technology in the field of biology in general and in the area of molecular biology in particular.

As a specialized field of study, the scope of bio informatics is very huge. Primarily it encompasses the application of computer technology for the supervision and analysis of biological data.A professional engaged in bioinformatics uses computers to gather, store, analyze and merge biological data.

Of late, bioinformatics has gained remarkable progress and popularity as an interdisciplinary research area. These days it’s increasingly being used to improve the quality of life of the mankind by uncovering vital biological information buried in the mass of sequence, structure, literature and other sources of biological data.

Bioinformatics can work wonders in the field of human health, agriculture, environment and energy. These days it’s being used in the field of molecular medicine to produce improved and more tailored medicines to treat diseases.

Many universities groom professionals in this important research area. Generally, basic educational qualification to pursue a program in Bioinformatics is 10+2 completed with science stream.

Aspirant desiring to further enhance their research skills in the subject should ideally have a graduation or post-graduation in subjects like molecular biology, genetics, microbiology, chemistry, pharmacy, veterinary sciences, physics and mathematics etc.

Job prospects
Dozens of lucrative opportunities exist both at government and private medical institutions/hospitals engaged in research activities. These research activities are aimed to cure various diseases and disorders like AIDS, cancer, mental problems etc. The pharmaceutical industry is also an important destination for professionals trained in the field of bioinformatics.

Professionals can also look forward to make a career in the specific areas of Sequence assembly, Database design and maintenance, Sequence analysis, Proteomics (the study of protein, particularly their structures and functions), Pharmacogenomics, Pharma-cology, Clinical pharmacologist, Informatics development, Computational chemistry, Bio-analytics and Analytics etc.

Personal skills
Bioinformatics is a field which calls for intense research; hence aspirants for this field must have inquisitive mind-set, commitment to the profession and keen observation skills. As research in this field is often a team work, hence a researcher engaged with this field must also be a team player too.

A bioinformatics profesinoal with a postgraduate qualification can easily expect to get a salary in the range or Rs. 12,000 to Rs. 20,000 per month. Those employed in government research can start on Rs. 9,000 along with government allowances and other benefits. One can command a higher salary as the experiences rises; generally MNCs pay higher.

Where to study

University of Delhi
University Road, Delhi 110 007
Phone South Campus: 011-24119832
Phone North Campus: 011-2766709, 27667011, 27667190
Fax : 011-27667049
Website: www.du.ac.in

Jamia Millia University, New Delhi
Jamia Nagar, New Delhi
Tel: 26984650, 26985180
Email: admin@jmi.nic.in
Website: www.jmi.nic.in

Bombay University, Mumbai
University of Mumbai
M.G. Road, Fort
Mumbai - 400 032 Maharashtra, Pin: 400032
Phone: 22 - 2652825
Fax: 22 - 2652832
Website: www.mu.ac.in

Calcutta University,Kolkata
University of Calcutta
Senate House, 87 /1 College Street,
Kolkata-700 073, West Bengal
Tel: 033 22410071(O) 24106741(R)
Fax: 22413222
E-mail: admin@caluniv.ac.in
Website: www.caluniv.ac.in

Manipal Academy of Higher Education, Manipal
Manipal University
Manipal – 576104, Karnataka
Telephone: 0820 2571978
Fax: 0820 2571982
Website: www.manipal.edu

Indian Institute of Management Training (IIMT)
EL – 39/5, Near Indrayani Nagar,M.I.D.C,
Bhosari, Pune – 411026
Tel: 020 – 27129 666, 27127 888
Fax: 020 – 27129 666.
Email: mba@iimtpune.com
Website: www.iimtpune.com

University of Hyderabad
Hyderabad, Andra Pradesh
Phone : 91-40-3010500, 23010121, 23010245
Website : www.uohyd.ac.in

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