M.D.-Ph.D. Program in Computational Biology
The Dartmouth M.D.-Ph.D. Program in Computational Biology is committed to the development and application of new, path-breaking computational tools to explore problems at the frontiers of biology and medicine. This unique program brings together scientists in computer science, mathematics, and engineering with those in biology and medicine. We emphasize the development of computational tools and technologies needed to analyze proteins, nucleic acids, and their interactions in complex biological systems. The Computational Biology program is equally strong in medical imaging, image processing, and scientific computation.
The Computational Biology program envisions that advances in many fields, such as genetics, immunology, and drug design will be facilitated by interdisciplinary interactions between the computational and biological sciences, and aims to provide new approaches for analyzing fundamental and challenging problems in modern biology and medicine.
- Chris Bailey-Kellogg -- Experiment planning and data analysis for characterization and optimization of protein structure and function.
- Hany Farid -- Computational and human vision, protein folding and design.
- Gevorg Grigoryan -- Computational protein design, protein-protein interaction specificity.
- Bob Gross -- RNA folding, gene sequence evolution, database searching.
- Dean R. Madden -- Structure/function relationships in ion channels, stereochemistry of protein-ligand interactions.
- Dan Rockmore -- Scientific computation, medical imaging.
- Jason Moore -- Computational genetics.
- Michael Whitfield -- Gene expression profiling, autoimmunity, RNA-protein interactions, and cell cycle control.
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The Dartmouth M.D.-Ph.D. Program allows students to select any Ph.D. degree-granting department for their doctoral work, including Computer Science, Biology, Chemistry, and Biochemistry. Students specializing in Computational Biology receive training at the interface of computational science and biomedicine, to prepare them for the challenges of modern biology and medicine in the information age. Students will receive an M.D. from Dartmouth Medical School, and a Ph.D. from the Dartmouth Computer Science Department. Students may select dual mentors. For example, students with a strong background in the physical and computational sciences could have mentors in biology and computer science. Our world-class facilities are supported by an NSF research infrastructure grant. The Medical School, Computer Science Department, Biology Labs, and Chemistry Labs are in close proximity (across the street from one another) on the Dartmouth campus.
Students with diverse backgrounds, including computer science, biology, engineering, physics, chemistry, and biochemistry are encouraged to apply.
Students in the M.D./Ph.D. program are granted a tuition waiver, and are provided a full stipend during both the M.D. and Ph.D. years. Details on the admissions process for the M.D./Ph.D. Program are available here.
Students interested in just the Ph.D. portion of the program (rather than a dual M.D.-Ph.D.) are advised to apply directly to one of the participating departments/programs, depending on particular interests. Both the Computer Science department and the Molecular and Cell Biology program offer focuses in computational biology. Application requirements differ; see CS Ph.D. admissions and MCB Ph.D. admissions.
To obtain additional information on our graduate program, please contact:
Graduate Studies Coordinator, M.D.-Ph.D.
Computational Biology Program
6211 Sudikoff Laboratory
Dartmouth Department of Computer Science
Hanover, NH 03755-3510