About GBCB Program

The Interdisciplinary PhD Program in Genetics, Bioinformatics, and Computational Biology (GBCB) at Virginia Tech was established in 2003. The goal of this program is to provide an educational environment that enables students to apply quantitative methods in computer science, mathematics, and statistics to all areas of the life sciences. To facilitate this experience, students choose one of the program tracks (life sciences, computer science, mathematics, statistics) as their primary track, with the other areas as secondary tracks. The choice of primary track typically is based on the student’s undergraduate major. Course requirements enable students to take advanced courses in their primary area as well as gain a deeper understanding of the complementary fields of study. This pedagogical approach provides the foundation from which students can combine these disciplines in their interdisciplinary research projects.

Current enrollment in the program is approximately 45 students, with over 62 students having received the PhD degree since the inception of the program in Fall 2003.

Faculty members affiliated with the program have academic appointments in many life science departments, the Departments of Computer Science, Mathematics, and Statistics, as well as the Virginia Bioinformatics Institute (VBI). However, the GBCB program is a degree-granting program that is administered through the Graduate School, rather than any academic department or college. This administrative structure illustrates the truly interdisciplinary nature of the program. GBCB also is designated as one of the Interdisciplinary Graduate Education Programs (IGEPs) at Virginia Tech.


For more information about the program Admission process and fellowships Graduate School GBCB Liason
Dr. David Bevan
Program Chair
Department of Biochemistry
201 Fralin Hall
Blacksburg, VA 24061
540/ 231-5040, drbevan@vt.edu
Dr. T. M. Murali
Admissions Committee Chair & Associate Professor
Department of Computer Science
2160B Torgerson Hall
Blacksburg, VA 24061
540/ 231-8534, murali@vt.edu
Dennie Munson
Graduate Program Liaison
Steger Hall (0477)
Virginia Tech
Blacksburg, VA 24061
540/ 231-3053, dennie@vt.edu


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