Bioinformatics Program

An Emerging Field

Discover the emerging field of bioinformatics as you earn your bioinformatics certificate at a Catholic university.

In bioinformatics, the intersection of biology and computer science allows researchers to employ computer software and sequence databases to solve and understand biological problems. Your Introduction to Bioinformatics course will cover critical concepts in creating databases, designing algorithms, and analyzing data that biologists employ to learn about the structure, functions, and phylogenetic relationships of molecules and genomes.

Through this program you will explore concepts such as genome wide association, comparing the genomes of different individuals to identify potential genes linked to various conditions, in addition to metagenomics sequence DNA from various microbial communities, such as the human microbiome.

Bioinformatics at a Catholic University

Complete the Bioinformatics Program at Franciscan University as either a biology major or computer science major, pursuing the foundational coursework that will provide you with both the biological principles and computer programming and algorithms necessary for a career in bioinformatics.

You will gain confidence and experience as you work through exercises that provide practical applications of existing bioinformatics tools.

And best of all, you will learn to master the materials from faculty members committed to upholding the dignity of the human person and integrating faith and reason.

Real-world research opportunities

When you study bioinformatics at Franciscan University you will have opportunities to engage in bioinformatics research with faculty, including traveling to regional conferences and publishing papers in scientific journals. Past student researchers have studied proteins linked to conditions ranging from diabetes to autism, and from cancer to bioluminescence.

The research opportunities in bioinformatics at Franciscan University will prepare you to enter graduate school and pursue an advanced degree in bioinformatics. Check out some recent co-authored papers and poster presentations:

Student Publications

  • Irvin J., Ropelewski A., Perozich J. 2017. In silico analysis of heme oxygenase structural homologues identifies group-specific conservations. FEBS Open Bio In Press. doi:10.1002/2211-5463.12275.
  • Freas N., Newton P., Perozich J. 2016. Analysis of Nucleotide Diphosphate Sugar Dehydrogenases Reveals Family and Group-Specific Relationships. FEBS Open Bio 6(1):77-89. doi:10.1002/2211-5463.12022

Student Poster Presentations

  • Extended Analysis of Nucleotide-Sugar Dehydrogenases. Nicholas Freas and John Perozich. Ninth Great Lakes Bioinformatics (GLBIO) Conference, May 2014, Cincinnati, OH.
  • Extended Analysis of Class I Methyltransferases. Dorothy McAfee and John Perozich. Ninth Great Lakes Bioinformatics (GLBIO) Conference, May 2014, Cincinnati, OH.
  • Comparative Analysis of Pentapeptide Repeat Proteins. Nicholas Cundiff and John Perozich. Eighth Great Lakes Bioinformatics (GLBIO) Conference, May 2013, Pittsburgh, PA.
  • Comparison of Thyroxine-Binding Globulin to Other Clade A and B Serpins. Moriah Holt and John Perozich. Eighth Great Lakes Bioinformatics (GLBIO) Conference, May 2013, Pittsburgh, PA.
  • Comparison Sirtuin-2 to Other Histone Deacetylases. Michael Niemaszyk and John Perozich. Eighth Great Lakes Bioinformatics (GLBIO) Conference, May 2013, Pittsburgh, PA.
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Franciscan Institute for Science and Health

The Franciscan Institute for Science and Health (FISH) is an initiative of Franciscan University of Steubenville with a mission to provide real-world experience and hands-on training to every Franciscan undergraduate science major and Engineering Dual-Degree student.

Austrian Semester Abroad

Grow, develop, and be formed into a more mature biology student by spending a semester in Franciscan’s Austrian program. You’ll expand your biology major in unbelievable ways by traveling to places such as Rome and the holy sites of Christendom, and through courses taught at a 14th-century monastery that also serves as your home.

Programs Related to the Bachelor’s in Bioinformatics

Still undecided? You might also be interested in these other undergraduate degree programs at Franciscan that are similar to the bioinformatics bachelor’s degree.

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Dr. John Coleman

Dr. John Coleman

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Dr. Edward Kovach

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Dr. John Perozich

Dr. John Perozich

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