Joint MS/PHD program in Evolutionary Genomics and Bioinformatics at the University of Puerto Rico at Mayaguez and Penn State University
The Caribbean Genome Center at the University of Puerto Rico at Mayaguez (UPRM) in collaboration with MCIBS Graduate Program Option in Bioinformatics and Genomics of the The Huck Institutes of the Life Sciences at the Pennsylvania State University (Penn State) announces a new joint graduate program track in Genomics and Bioinformatics.
Successful candidates will in this program will first be admitted to the Masters of Science program in Biology degree at UPR-M with the preferential placement in the Bioinformatics and Genomics at Penn State conditional after the successful completion of MS requirements defense of the thesis at UPR-M. Graduate student support will be available at both institutions (TA and RA).
Our joint graduate program promotes an interdisciplinary training in the biological sciences, that takes advantage of our diverse faculty between the two institutions, joint laboratory, sequencing and computational infrastructure, and a beautiful Caribbean location for your research.
We are looking for enthusiastic, dynamic, and independent students broadly interested in studying the interface between genomics, molecular biology, evolution and bioinformatics. Candidates should ideally have a B.S. degree in Biology or related discipline from an university in Puerto Rico or the United States, and must be proficient in English with a good knowledge of Spanish. Candidates with computer science and/or bioinformatics skills are encouraged to apply. Participants are required to have good communication skills, and the ability collaborate as part of a team to serve as a link between faculties at both institutions. Potential research projects will combine elements of molecular biology, biochemistry, next generation sequencing, bioinformatics, physiology, and molecular evolution with an emphasis on the Caribbean region.
More information on the research at the Caribbean Genome Center research is available at the CGC website (http://www.oleksyk.com), and the Huck Institute for Life Sciences (http://www.huck.psu.edu/content/research). Potential candidates will be required to first apply directly to the Graduate Program in the Department of Biology at UPR-M (https://app.applyyourself.com/AYApplicantLogin/fl_ApplicantLogin.asp?id=UPR-GMAYA). At the same time, please apply directly to the program at http://www.oleksyk.com/apply/ to be considered for the joint program. Please provide a brief description of your background, your research interests, and your reasons for considering the Caribbean Genome Center at UPRM for graduate training.
The application deadline for the 2015-2016 academic year is February 15, 2015.
Please email your questions to Taras Oleksyk (UPR-M) and Cooduvalli Shashikant (PSU)
Dr. Taras K Oleksyk
Associate Professor of Biology
Director of the Caribbean Genome Center
Unievristy of Puerto Rico at Mayaguez
Mayaguez, PR 00680
Dr. Cooduvalli S Shashikant
Associate Professor of Molecular and Developmental Biology
Department of Animal Science, College of Agricultural Sciences
Program Director, CBIOS Predoctoral Training Program
Co-Director, MCIBS Graduate Program Option in Bioinformatics and Genomics
The Huck Institutes of the Life Sciences
The Pennsylvania State University