The field of bioinformatics emerged from the massive databases generated by worldwide DNA-sequencing projects and by three-dimensional protein structure studies. Because these projects as well as the advances in molecular biology are yielding new data at unimaginably fast rates, comprehensive interpretation and management of these data require highly sophisticated analytical and data management computer systems.
The new field of bioinformatics has already led to countless scientific, agricultural and medical breakthroughs, including the development of disease-resistant crops and new cancer diagnostic methods and treatments. According to a market report, “Bioinformatics Market—Global Industry Size, Market Share, Trends, Analysis and Forecast, 2012–2018,” published by Transparency Market Research, the global bioinformatics market is estimated to reach market size worth $9.1 Billion in 2018! This forecasts double digit growth in the next few years. A recent report cites "the demand across genomics and wide application in the medical and biological information sector is driving the demand for bioinformatics platforms and services in the global market."
The Bioinformatics Program draws on top Loyola faculty from the Departments of Biology, Chemistry, Computer Science, Mathematics and Statistics. They work at the interface of their disciplines, combining their expertise to offer students this unique educational opportunity.
The Bioinformatics Program at Loyola is part of the College of Arts and Sciences. The program provides students with unique preparation for professional careers by offering both integrated and project-based learning with courses that feature the latest skills and theories.