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The newspaper of The Johns Hopkins University October 13, 2003 | Vol. 33 No. 7
Engineering/Arts & Sciences to Offer Part-Time Master's in Bioinformatics

Johns Hopkins' part-time programs next spring will begin offering a master's degree sequence in the popular new field of bioinformatics, which is a cross between the science of mapping proteins, cloning genes and sequencing DNA, and the science of storing, accessing and mapping such information.

The new advanced degree program, aimed at working adults, will be presented through a collaboration between the Whiting School of Engineering's Part-Time Programs in Engineering and Applied Science and the Krieger School of Arts and Sciences' Advanced Academic Programs. Courses will be aimed at preparing students for work in one of the biotech industry's fastest-growing business sectors

The master's degree program in bioinformatics, to be offered at the Montgomery County Campus in Rockville, Md., will be one of only two such programs in the state. The joint graduate degree is designed to provide students with theoretical and applied training in database systems, human genetics, gene sequencing, Web application development, clinical trial designs and more.

In addition to in-class instruction, many courses will be available online, and some will be offered as electives at other Johns Hopkins campuses.

"Maryland has the third-largest biotech industry in the country, which means that a part-time master's program in bioinformatics is as necessary for the state's professional development as it is for its economic development," said Kristina Obom, coordinator for the program.

Ed Addison, a Part-Time Engineering adjunct faculty member, said that from his perspective as a managing director and partner of a local high-tech/biotech venture fund, he sees Johns Hopkins' commitment to this growing specialty as a way to facilitate the marriage of two very different disciplines. "Once scientists understand how to use computational technology in research and development, and information technology professionals understand how their skills can facilitate the management of scientific information, there will be no limitations to what science can do in the areas of research and development," he said.

For more information on the bioinformatics master's degree program, contact Kristina Obom at 301-294-7159 or go to


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