The Life Science Informatics Master’s Programme has four specialisation areas, so called study tracks. During the first autumn semester, each study track gives you an introductory course. At the beginning of the spring semester you are assumed to have decided your field of specialisation (study track).
Medicine is undergoing a transformation due to vast amounts of data generated from patients by new technologies such as the next generation sequencing and high-throughput phenotyping. This so called Big Data is creating great opportunities across fields ranging from personalised cancer therapies to detailed understanding of disease evolution. However, data alone are not sufficient to make scientific or clinical progress. Powerful algorithms as well as computational methods are essential to translate these data into scientific discoveries and clinical useful information. Bioinformatics and Systems Medicine track prepares students to the new era of biomedicine, where innovative computational approaches are required to interpret molecular and clinical data from patients. This specialisation area educates you to be an expert who can turn biomedical questions into appropriate challenges for computational data analysis. For example, we offer biology tailored algorithms and machine learning approaches for analysing molecular data, and computational approaches that allow interpretation of high-throughput biomedical data obtained from patients. The curriculum also includes general algorithm and machine learning studies offered by the Master's Programmes in Computer Science, Data Science, and Genetics and Molecular Biosciences.
Biomathematics with the Biomathematics research group, focusing on mathematical modelling and analysis of biological phenomena and processes. The research covers a wide spectrum of topics ranging from problems at the molecular level to the structure of populations. To tackle these problems, the research group uses a variety of modelling approaches, most importantly ordinary and partial differential equations, integral equations and stochastic processes. A successful analysis of the models requires the study of pure research in, for instance, the theory of infinite dimensional dynamical systems; such research is also carried out by the group.
Biostatistics is offered jointly by the statistics curriculum, the Master´s Programme in Mathematics and Statistics and the research groups Statistical and Translational Genetics, Computational Genomics and Computational Systems Medicine in FIMM. Topics and themes include statistical, especially Bayesian methodologies for the life sciences, with research focusing on modelling and analysis of biological phenomena and processes. The research covers a wide spectrum of collaborative topics in various biomedical disciplines. In particular, research and teaching address questions of population genetics, phylogenetic inference, genome-wide association studies and epidemiology of complex diseases.
Eco-evolutionary Informatics with ecology and evolutionary biology, in which several researchers and teachers have a background in mathematics, statistics and computer science. Ecology studies the distribution and abundance of species, and their interactions with other species and the environment. Evolutionary biology studies processes supporting biodiversity on different levels from genes to populations and ecosystems. These sciences have a key role in responding to global environmental challenges. Mathematical and statistical modelling, computer science and bioinformatics have an important role in research and teaching.