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Bioinformatics and Biotechnology

Vision

For scientific community, the need to decode and interpret the information entrenched in the human as well as other genomes are growing every day because of the innovations in Bioinformatics and Biotechnology. It is envisioned that the programs offered in the Department will develop Bioinformatics and Biotechnology professionals with interdisciplinary approaches to explore different areas of life sciences with the help of state-of-art technologies being applied around the globe. Introduction and promotion of Bioinformatics and Biotechnology in the country as emerging sciences is one of the primary objectives of the Department.

Mission

The mission of the Department of Bioinformatics and Biotechnology (BNB) is to provide a collaborative learning environment with a life science focus, that prepares students for higher education to reach the forefront of leadership by developing the sophisticated computational methods to conduct groundbreaking research in key areas of Bioinformatics and Biotechnology, to make fundamental discoveries, generate innovative solutions to practical problems and to develop new technologies for commercial applications. The Department is committed to provide an exceptional environment for specialized training and to mentor tomorrow’s workforce through a challenging curriculum, exploration of scholarly research, design and implementation of original investigations and interactive partnerships.

Introduction

We are witnessing the birth of a new era in biological sciences. The ability to decipher the genetic code of living organisms has opened the new opportunities to improve the quality of human life and has dramatically changed the challenges that the biological and biomedical sciences can address. Bioinformatics and Biotechnology have become frontline applied science disciplines of the twenty-first century. The Government College University, Faisalabad is amongst the few institutions in the country to offer degree programmes in these emerging fields of Science. Bioinformatics is an amalgamation of Life Sciences, Statistics, Mathematics and Computer Sciences. It is responsible for developing new computer programs (databases and software) for their application in life sciences. Biotechnology is the technological application of biological systems (living organisms or derivatives thereof) to make or modify products or processes intended for “Human Welfare” or specific use. Department of Bioinformatics and Biotechnology (BNB) provides interdisciplinary learning and training that bridges the Departments and seamlessly integrates computational methodologies into biological education on the following lines:

  • A broad understanding of the molecular processes of life.
  • Understanding of the tools used for mapping and sequencing genes/genomics.
  • Training of DNA and protein sequence and structural analysis, gene expression and proteomics analysis, data mining, optimization and statistical methods, database development and algorithm design.
  • A high level of skill in designing and usage of information techniques with emphasis on the organization, display, interpretation and analysis of complex data.
  • Skill development and hands on training of basic and advanced laboratory techniques being utilized in the modern world.

Scope

Bioinformatics and Biotechnology is expected to substantially create an impact on scientific, engineering and economic development of the world. These are fast growing important disciplines for academic research and industrial applications. Career opportunities in Bioinformatics and Biotechnology will continue to expand on both the computer and biological science forefronts. For Computer Science, there are opportunities in academics, programming, database development, system analysis and software engineering. In the Biological Sciences, career opportunities exist in agricultural, animal, environmental, microbial and industrial research as well as academia.