Biomedical informatics is an interdisciplinary field requiring knowledge of biology, medicine, computer and information sciences, engineering, biostatistics, and human behavior. Our trainees come from a wide range of educational and professional backgrounds including physicians, nurses, linguists, computer scientists, cognitive scientists, biochemists, engineers, and statisticians.
Research areas are separated into four broad tracks, but overlap across tracks is also encouraged. We provide opportunities for specialization in a variety of areas, including but not limited to:
Structural Genomics, Proteomics and Metabolomics
Epigenomics and Functional Genomics
Systems Biology and Networks
Clinical Research Informatics:
Infrastructures for Human Subjects Research
Clinical Data Research Networks
Data Modeling for Discovery and Reuse
Environmental Exposures and Public Health Informatics:
Health behaviors and environmental exposure assessment
Our training program is an intellectually invigorating course of study that will form an excellent basis for starting your career in biomedical informatics research.
- Ph.D. in Computer Science and Engineering
This rigorous computer science program is geared to those wishing to apply a computer science degree towards the health field. Biomedical informatics students take approximately 12 units of informatics electives as part of the 49-unit Master’s program. This program requires a strong computational background prior to admission.
- Ph.D. in Cognitive Science
provides broad training in neurological processes and phenomena; the
experimental methods, results, and theories from the study of psychology,
language, and social and cultural issues; and the studies of computational
mechanisms. Biomedical Informatics students will take at least 13 units of
- Ph.D. in Biomedical Sciences
The goal of this program is to develop future generations of innovative
biomedical scientists who will create new knowledge, solve problems and
contribute to the health and well being of mankind. Biomedical Informatics
students will take at least 13 units of informatics
- Masters in Advanced Studies in Clinical Research
(Postdoctoral trainees may pursue this degree.) Ideal for preparing the clinician for a research career, this 36-unit degree program can be completed in 18 to 24 months and provides a strong background in statistics, study design, and an introduction to biomedical informatics.
Other related Master's degree programs for Postdoctoral trainees may be considered on a case-by-case basis.
Determining which degree is best for you will depend upon your academic background and your professional interests.
In July 2012, we were awarded the NIH National Library of Medicine (NLM) biomedical informatics training grant. Individuals seeking graduate degrees leading to research careers in biomedical informatics, who are US citizens, non-citizen nationals, or have permanent residency status (as evidenced by Card I-551), are eligible. We were renewed an additional five years in 2017. Our five-year grant supports a total of 12 biomedical informatics trainees, including pre-doctoral Bioinformatics PhD students and postdoctoral MD's pursuing the Masters in Clinical Research.
In 2017, the NLM annual training grant conference was hosted by UCSD.
As part of the NLM training grant, we also offer special short-term internship appointments. For these fellowships, we encourage individuals to apply who are from underrepresented racial and ethnic groups; have disabilities; or are from economically, socially, culturally, or educationally disadvantaged backgrounds.
How to Apply
Instructions for Predoctoral Applicants:
To qualify for this fellowship, you must be seeking a graduate degree leading to a research career in biomedical informatics, and must be a US citizen, non-citizen national, or have permanent residency status (as evidenced by Card I-551).
The NLM fellowship is awarded after acceptance into one of the biomedical informatics graduate degree programs. Application for admission to graduate studies is made directly through your chosen degree program. Please consult each program's website for application details:
To be considered for the NLM fellowship, in addition to submitting your application and documentation to the degree program of your choice, please send the following to email@example.com:
- Personal Statement explaining why you are a good candidate for the fellowship and what you hope to accomplish as an NLM trainee, the specific kind of research and topics you are interested in studying and what your goals are after completing the fellowship.
- A current and up to date CV; and
- In the body of your email please indicate which degree program you are applying to.
If you are an existing UCSD Ph.D. student enrolled in one of the above Ph.D. programs and have started your first year, please also provide the following:
- Rotation reviews (if any)
- Individual Develoment Plan (IDP), if available.
- Full graduate school application (for the Ph.D. program in which are you enrolled).
Instructions for Postdoctorate Applicants:
The UCSD National Library of Medicine (NLM) Postdoctoral Fellowship Program in Biomedical Informatics provides outstanding mentored research training in biomedical informatics to trainees who have already received doctoral-level graduate or professional degrees. Our postdoctoral trainees have come from a wide variety of backgrounds, including medicine, surgery, pediatrics, anesthesiology, ophthalmology, nursing, pharmacy, psychology, computer science, and engineering. The program aims to prepare fellows for a range of careers in biomedical informatics, with a particular emphasis on preparing for independent research careers and leadership positions.
Postdoctoral applicants, including but not limited to M.D.'s and Ph.D.'s should provide the following materials to firstname.lastname@example.org.
- Personal statement explaining why you are a good candidate for the fellowship and what you hope to accomplish as an NLM trainee, the specific kind of research and topics you are interested in studying and what your goals are after completing the fellowship; and
- A current and up to date CV.
Please note that M.D. NLM-T15 postdoctoral fellows accepted are normally required to complete a Masters in Advanced Studies in Clinical Research (MAS-CLRE), as a part of their Fellowship training, unless they already hold an equivalent degree. Information about the MAS-CLRE program is available at: https://clre.ucsd.edu/