Why study Bioinformatics and modelling ?

From genome sequencing to the detailed analysis of cellular processes, through the investigation protein structures, solving current biological problems increasingly relies on interdisciplinary approaches that combine experimental and theoretical approaches. This combination of disciplines allows for the computational analysis, modelling and simulation of biological systems ranging from the molecular and cellular level until the level of organisms and populations.

This evolution presents new challenges for computer scientists, physicists, chemists and biologists which can only be met when all learn more about each others area of research. To meet this need, the Master in Bioinformatics and modelling (MA-BINF) trains the students, coming from different backgrounds, in genomics, structural bioinformatics and modelling of dynamical biological processes. At the end of this formation, the graduated students will be able to use and create bioinformatics and modelling tools in order to answer, in collaboration with experimental researchers, all the aspects of a biological question.

The Master is organized around two important biological themes in which bioinformatics and modelling plays an important role: biomolecular sequence and structure, on the one hand, and cellular function on the other.

Why at the Université Libre de Bruxelles ?

The ULB, with its 25,000 students, 1/3 of whom coming from abroad, and its very cosmopolitan body of staff, is an intrinsically international institution open to both Europe and to the whole world.

Founded on the principle of free-thinking (Libre Examen) which advocates independent reasoning and the rejection of dogma in all its forms.

With its three Nobel Prize winners, a Fields medal, three Wolf Prize for physics, two Marie Curie Prizes and 29% of the Francqui prizes awarded, the university is also a major research centre which is recognized by the academic community the world over.

For about a decade now the university has been actively involved in maximizing research potential in both Brussels and Charleroi, where it has set up a biotechnology pole around its renowned Institute for Biology and Molecular Medicine (IBMM) & Institute of Medical Immunology (IMI).

The Master in Bioinformatics and modelling is supported by research institute of international renown such as the Institute of Interdisciplinary Research in human and molecular Biology at the Faculty of Medecine (IRIBHM) and the Interfaculty School of Bioengineers (EIB). This formation being by essence interdisciplinary, it benefits also from the existence of transfacultary and interuniversitary structures such as the Brussels Interuniversity Institute of Bioinformatics (IB)2 (http://ibsquare.be/).

Why in Brussels?

Brussels is one of the most cosmopolitan cities in the world. It is more than 1000 years old. Today the name Brussels also stands for a city with 19 boroughs covering 162 km2 housing a million inhabitants and forming one of the three Regions of the federal Belgian state. Brussels is the capital of the Kingdom of Belgium. It is officially bilingual (French and Dutch), although it boasts an astonishing variety of cultures, styles and nationalities. Nearly one third of its population is of foreign origin, and this makes for a unique atmosphere in which cultures interact easily with one another. English is rapidly becoming a lingua franca in Brussels because of the numerous international political organisations. Thus, language is not a barrier in the capital of Europe.

Read more on www.brussels.org and www.visitbelgium.com.