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Bio Iformatics Career

Bio informatics is the application of computer technology for the purpose of Biological information management. Computers are used to gather, store, analyze and integrate biological and genetic information which is then used for various studies like creation of extensive electronic databases on genomes, protein and three-dimensional modeling of biomolecules. Also called Computational Biology, it involves the use of techniques of applied mathematics, informatics, statistics, computer science, artificial intelligence, chemistry, and biochemistry to solve biological problems. The main job profile is to develop IT tools and analytical techniques, and apply existing tools to achieve new insights into molecular biology.

Eligibility For Bio Iformatics Career

Eligibility to enter a bio informatics course is 10+2 with science. The minimum requirement for a bio informatics course is a post-graduation in molecular biology, genetics, microbiology, chemistry, pharmacy, veterinary sciences, physics, mathematics, engineering or IT. One can go for B Tech in Bio informatics, Master Degree, Advanced Diploma and M.Tech. Study of Bio informatics begins at the undergraduate level

Job Prospects For Bio Iformatics Career

The career prospects in Bio informatics has been steadily increasing with more and more use of information technology in the field of molecular biology. Job prospects are in all sectors of biotechnology, pharmaceutical and biomedical sciences, in research institutions, hospital and industry. Some of the specific career areas that fall within the scope of bio informatics include Sequence assembly, Database design and maintenance, Sequence analysis, Proteomics (study of protein, particularly their structures and functions), Pharmacopoeias, Pharma-cology, Clinical pharmacologist, Informatics developer; Computational chemist, Bio-analytics and Analytics etc.

The work involved in the specific career areas are Drug design utilising 3-D structure modelling and computational chemistry (Cheminformatics), Comparing genetic data between and within species (Genomics), Genomic analysis in an attempt to find drug targets (Pharmacogenomics), Characterisation of proteins and their interactions (Proteomics), Prediction of the function of genes and proteins based on sequence and structural data etc.

One can find work in Pharmaceutical and Bio tech Companies where bio informatics technologies are applied throughout the drug discovery process. One can also take up teaching jobs in public institutions if you have a skill in teaching. Indian companies like Satyam, Wipro, TCS, Reliance etc and companies such as Silicon Genetics, Accelrys and IBM Life Sciences Pubgene, Tessella are recruiting bio informatics candidates, because it has made a substantial new market for IT infrastructure.