Virginia Tech is close to establishing
interdisciplinary Ph.D. Program in Genetics, Bioinformatics,
and Computational Biology.
This will be a degree program separate from any academic department
that will allow the student to have advisors in a number of departments,
including computer science, biology, and biochemistry.
You can apply for this degree now,
if you wish; find out how.
The Department of Computer Science,
along with many departments in the life sciences
and the Statistics Department,
graduate option in bioinformatics.
Any CS graduate student may decide to pursue the option,
and that decision can be made after an admitted student
Such a student is required to take two life sciences courses
that are specifically for the bioinformatics option:
PPWS 5984, Biological Paradigms for Bioinformatics
BCHM 5024, Computational Biochemistry for Bioinformatics
Also see some
bioinformatics courses taught during Fall Semester, 2001.
THEORETICAL COMPUTER SCIENCE
My research interests in the past have primarily centered around
algorithms for discrete problems, graph theory, and symbolic computation.
I am happy to supervise
the research of a student in theoretical computer science.
I concentrate on hard algorithmic questions that require
In theoretical computer science,
I prefer to supervise PhD students to Masters students.
While I will be happy to talk to you about research in theory,
we need to realize that research funding for a student is much harder
to obtain in theory than in most other research areas,
such as bioinformatics.
On the other hand,
a graduate student doing research in theory
is very likely to be able to support herself/himself
on a teaching assistantship in the Department of Computer Science.
This has been my primary means of supporting theory students in the past,
and I have graduated 5 PhD students and 3 Masters students in theory.