Computational Biologist

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A computational biologist applies the techniques of computer science, applied mathematics and statistics to address biological problems. His/her main focus lies on developing mathematical modeling and computational simulation techniques. By these means it addresses scientific research topics without a laboratory.

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Until recently, there were no formal educational opportunities in computational biology at the graduate level. Therefore, most of the current practitioners and authorities in the field have a combination of degrees at the graduate (master's or doctorate) and undergraduate levels in mathematics, computer science, and biology.

Math Required: 

College Algebra Trigonometry Calculus I and II Linear Algebra Numerical Analysis and Differential Equations Probability and Statistics

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Computational biologists use math as they apply algorithms and statistical techniques to the interpretation, classification and understanding of biological data. These typically consist of large numbers of DNA, RNA, or protein sequences. They also are concerned with building computational models of biological systems and mathematically modeling the behavior or molecules.

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Highly qualified individuals are in demand at academic, private, and government research institutes alike.


The International Society for Computational Biology (ISCB) is an organization for computational biologists and it serves over 2500 members from nearly 70 countries around the world.

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They include combining the mathematical language of computers together with biology’s research base to come up with data that is important and useful to researchers and other groups of people that are involved in different production and research facilities.


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