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Centre for System Biology & Bioinformatics (U.I.E.A.S.T.)


Centre for System Biology & Bioinformatics (U.I.E.A.S.T.)

Panjab University, Chandigarh has always taken the lead in starting new courses/departments. From the academic session 2007-2008 the university has introduced a two-year Master programme (M.Sc.) in emerging areas of science and technology i.e. System Biology and Bioinformatics. The admission to this course is on merit basis with specific combination of subjects at the graduation level.

System biology is an emerging field that aims at system level understanding of biological systems. Identifying all the genes and proteins in an organism is like listing all parts of an aeroplane. Such a list provides a catalog of the individual components, but, by itself it is not sufficient to understand the complexities underlying the engineered project. But to understand how a particular system functions, one must first examine how the individual components dynamically interact during operation. Thus, it is essential to know the design principles, circuit patterns and how to improve system performance in terms of system structure, system dynamics, control method and design method. Thus, System Biology is an interdisciplinary subject and heavily depends on computational sciences, genomics, bioinformatics measurement technologies and integration of such discoveries with existing knowledge. It has applications in molecular biology, physiology and medicine.

The aim of bioinformatics specialization is to familiarize students with biological data, their storage and analysis. In particular, students are expected to understand what information can be extracted from biological data (e.g., information related to phylogenetic tress, metabolic networks, protein structure and function, developmental process, genetic correlation of diseases etc.) and what techniques can be used for getting desired information.
The students are trained for employment in system biology and bioinformatics sector of pharmaceutical and biotech industries and for entry in research programmes.

Centre for System Biology & Bioinformatics (U.I.E.A.S.T.)
Panjab University, Chandigarh


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