The Computational and Systems Biology programme prepares students to become independent, interdisciplinary researchers in post-genomic biology and related fields. There is a strong focus on quantitative methods and modelling, experimental design and device development. This programme is a partnership between the CSBi programme at MIT and the biology, bioengineering and biotechnology programmes at NUS, NTU and the A*STAR Research Institutes.
The emerging field of systems biology represents an integration of concepts and ideas from the biological sciences, engineering disciplines and computer science. Systems modelling and design are well established in engineering disciplines but are relatively new to biology. Microsystems have been fundamental to advances in electronics and computing, but now have the potential to revolutionise biology as well. Advances in systems biology will require multidisciplinary teams to apply principles and tools from engineering and computer science to solve problems in biology and medicine.
The programme integrates course-work and research opportunities in biology, engineering, math, microsystems and computer science. Graduates of the programme will be uniquely prepared to develop original methods, make novel discoveries and establish new paradigms. They will also be well-positioned to assume critical leadership roles in both academia and industry, where this new research area is of growing importance.