Owing to its interdisciplinary tradition Bielefeld University offers an outstanding infrastructure for a successful Master's degree in Genome-Based Systems Biology. This course gives access to a new interdisciplinary research field, systems biology, where molecular life science and modern physico-chemical techniques and mathematic-bioinformatic methods synergize. In this way the logic of life can be traced. This research oriented Master's course, with less then 20 students per academic year, enables an intensive supervision and sufficient time to learn the use of complex instruments and evaluate and analyze complex data.
One aim of systems biology is to establish computer-based models of processes in the living cell (of life processes, of processes of life) allowing to predict the performance of metabolic pathways, cells, organs or whole organisms under certain conditions. This is of major interest for biology, biotechnology and bio-medicine.
Modern biosciences are characterized by accumulation of massive and complex data, which are results of the increasing use of high-throughput methods in the fields of modern -omics technologies, such as genomics, transcriptomics, proteomics and metabolomics. In genomics gene sequences are identified and annotated to reconstruct metabolic pathways. In transcriptomics functional genes are analyzed to unravel regulatory processes. Subsequently, proteomics helps to identify the respective cellular and extracellular proteins. Finally, metabolomics allows the determination of the majority of metabolites in a cell. Systems biology comprises these methods in order to model the interaction of genes, transcripts, proteins and metabolites in a cell.
This interdisciplinary Master's course follows the tradition of Bielefeld University - communication and cooperation are therefore deeply embedded. The work is focused on the analysis of data derived from high-throughput biology and biotechnology, respectively.
The Master's program Genome-Based Systems Biology (120 credits) is build upon the Bachelor's degree and deepens the knowledge to sharpen the scientific profile and leads to a Master of Science degree.
|Semester||Genome-based Systems Biology|
|1||Functional Genome Research
|3||Research Module Theory||Research Module Praxis||Elective Module|
*These modules are splitted and taught in the 1st and 2nd semester.
In the first year knowledge in basic molecular methods and biological principles are intensified. Concomitant, mathematic principles to build models of biological processes are acquired in comprehensible manner.
The second year covers the scientific profiling along the individual interests. This can comprise the practical use of modern instruments and methods in the lab as well as the development of new bioinformatics tools to analyze data.
Also interns (e.g. as part of the ERASMUS+ program of the EU) are supported.
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All courses and lectures are given in German, therefore German language skill from level C1 and higher are prerequisite.
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