Systems & Computational Biomedicine


The Systems & Computational Biomedicine program's focus is on designing and deploying rigorous and high-impact methodological informatics innovations in translational or clinical medicine. Students are accepted with backgrounds in biological, medical, or quantitative/computational disciplines. Strong applicants will have successfully completed at least one course in design and analysis of algorithms, several courses in college level mathematics and statistics, and will have strong programming skills in one or more general purpose programming languages. Prior experience in research in biomedical informatics is strongly encouraged.

Students have access to resources, which include: highly experienced informatics faculty, a state of the art high performance computing facility, and diverse research opportunities within NYU School of Medicine. Students have access to educational informatics resources, electronic medical record and other data for the purposes of primary and secondary research.  Additionally, our students participate in a work-in-progress seminar series, journal club and other activities that ensure continuous exposure to educational and scientific opportunities in informatics.

We focus on the following areas:

  • Systems genetics
  • Big data analytics
  • Clinical informatics
  • Evolutionary systems
  • Synthetic biology



David Fenyo, PhD
Program Director
Professor of Biochemistry &
Molecular Pharmacology
Kelly Ruggles
Kelly Ruggles, PhD
Graduate Advisor
Assistant Professor of the Department
of Medicine


Sample Courses

  • Topics in Molecular Biology
  • Methods in Quantitative Biology
  • Introduction to Medical Informatics
  • Topics in Bioinformatics
  • Grant Writing
  • Scientific Integrity and the Responsible Conduct of Research


Recommended Elective Courses

  • Proteomic Informatics
  • Machine Learning
  • Next Generation Sequencing Informatics
  • High Performance Computing in Biomedical Informatics


Qualifying Exam

Needs to be taken by the end of Year 2 (August 31st)