Advanced Bachelor of Bioinformatics

"Research into heredity and diseases is no longer possible without programmers. Wondering how you can apply IT and biology skills to lifelike problems in health and disease? Then the unique advanced bachelor of Bioinformatics in Bruges is something for you!"

Bioinformatics is a new and spectacular field which uses methods from informatics to store and process molecular biological information (DNA, proteins, functions). In bioinformatics, molecular biology is combined with informatics and programming. A bioinformatics scientist is capable of retrieving the necessary information from databases and of using these to make predictions. He will play an important role in the development of new medicines in the field of cancer, Alzheimer, …

  • Informatics scientist / storage, organisation and sharing of molecular biological data in database systems
  • Bioinformatics scientist / data processing and analysis by means of bioinformatics’ tools in a dry lab
  • Programmer / integration by scripting and automation of bioinformatics’ tools

In the course of the bioinformatics training programme, 3 roles are covered, viz. the role of programmer, the role of informatics scientist and the role of bioinformatics scientist. You learn several programming languages like PHP, Python and R and you use the most relevant databases of which you learn to process and interpret the data. During the program there is a special emphasis on standard and essential tools, both in a Windows and in a Linux environment. During the traineeship (without bachelor test) a fourth role is addressed, the role of the New Young Professional, in which the more generic competences of a bachelor (such as team player, communicator, …) are pursued.

As the training progresses, you are more and more familiar with the processing of complex biological data, like next generation sequencing data (NGS data) and you are able to apply these within a professional framework.

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Testimonials

"The courses were a combination of bioinformatics, programming, and data science: three aspects for which I developed a new passion."

Seppe Kelchtermans

"The courses were a combination of bioinformatics, programming, and data science: three aspects for which I developed a new passion."

Seppe Kelchtermans

Advanced bachelor of Bio-informatics

I am a biomedical lab technician passionate about technology. I started my career at the KU Leuven working as a lab technician at the Rega Institute. I liked this job as it gave me a lot of experience in Biomolecular technology, but after three years I wanted something more challenging. I looked around for new challenges and I stumbled upon the advanced bachelor in Bioinformatics.

Going back to college wasn't an easy transition, but I have not regretted it for one moment. Programming and Biomolecular technology seemed like a peculiar combination at first, but after a couple of lessons the possibilities unfolded. The courses were a combination of bioinformatics, programming, and data science: three aspects for which I developed a new passion.

"The student is perfectly coached in small groups."

Jasper Anckaert

"The student is perfectly coached in small groups."

Jasper Anckaert

Advanced bachelor of Bio-informatics

The Bioinformatics training is a unique training for people who want to approach sciences and laboratory work in a different way. Thanks to the increasing use of informatics, the field of bioinformatics comes more and more to the forefront. The student is perfectly coached in small groups. This way, a unique atmosphere is created and students learn a lot in a relaxed way.

In the beginning, many students might be discouraged by the informatics part of the training, but thanks to the good composition of the course package many pieces of the puzzle slowly form one integrated unit.

Wist je dat ...

Jasper graduated in 2010.

Now working at ...

Bioinformatic scientist at Centrum voor Medische Genetica

"Thanks to this – in Flanders - unique advanced bachelor in the study of Bioinformatics, qualitative staff members now enter the labour market and they perfectly fit in this niche."

Pieter De Bleser

"Thanks to this – in Flanders - unique advanced bachelor in the study of Bioinformatics, qualitative staff members now enter the labour market and they perfectly fit in this niche."

Pieter De Bleser

Advanced bachelor of Bio-informatics

Biological experiments become more and more large-scale and the need for streamlined analyses increases. There is a transition from gene-central to genome-wide studies with implications for an advanced use of computer and statistics. Whereas large-scale experiments become cheaper and faster, the analysis of the results becomes ever more labour-intensive.

A possibility to close the gap between bioinformatics and traditional biology and biomedical research is the availability of ‘bioinformatics scientists’.
Howest plays an important pioneering role in this field. Thanks to this unique advanced bachelor in Flanders in Bioinformatics, qualitative staff members now enter the labour market and perfectly fit in this niche. We are convinced these people will contribute to scientific research in Flanders!

Now working at ...

expert Bio-informatica, VIB-UGent

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Monday
20/01 19u-21u
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Tuesday
21/01 19u-21u
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Wednesday
22/01 17u-20u
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14/03 10u-16u
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09/05 10u-16u
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27/06 10u-16u
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29/08 10u-13u
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