EDUCATION PROGRAMS

Bioinformatics Institute offers additional education and allows students to combine studies at the Institute with their main educational programs, professional or research career. Apart from our long-term programs, we organise a variety of other events, such as intensive research workshops, summer schools, hackathons, programming contests, and many more.


In addition, Institute creates online courses and implements blended learning techniques into its curriculum.

Core programs

Currently Institute offers two one-year programs: Bioinformatics for Biologists and Algorithmic Bioinformatics. All programs are conducted in Russian.

Programs are open to undergraduate and master students as well as early stage researchers from Mathematics, Computer Science and Biology majors. There is no tuition fees for full-time students and first year Ph.D. candidates.

Besides intense curriculum, students participate in state-of-the-art research projects and internships in partner organisations solving real bioinformatics problems from day one. Currently the language of instruction is Russian, but all of our students speak English and many of them are doing research work in international labs.

Bioinformatics Contest is an annual programming competition among individuals held entirely online. The goal is to correctly solve as many problems as possible within 24 hours. Anyone with the background in Computer Science, Molecular Biology, Genomics and Machine Learning can participate. More details.

Master's program at ITMO University

Bioinformatics Institute in cooperation with University ITMO launches a full-time master program in English Bioinformatics for Biologists in 2019. Master students study full-time at the University ITMO and as a result complete a master thesis. More details.
Bioinformatics Summer School is an annual one week event for 100 undergraduate students, postgraduates and early stage researchers of Mathematics, Computer Science, and Biology majors who are interested in Bioinformatics. Classes include lectures from top bioinformatics scientists, intensive courses, workshops, and research projects.

Summer school takes place on the last week of July in St. Petersburg or Moscow, Russia. The application process opens in March. We strictly enroll 50 biologists and 50 participants with CS/Mathematics background. Currently the language of instruction is Russian.



Annually Bioinformatics Institute, ITMO University and Washington University in St. Louis organize Systems Biology Workshop in Saint Petersburg.

Each day of the workshop consists of several theoretical lectures accompanied by practical modules in which participants are able to pass the full path of bioinformatics processing and analysis of the whole-genome experiments and discuss the biological consequences of the results. Since 2015, the seminar is held in a countrysde, which allows all of the participants to get involved in the educational process and get acquainted with each other as much as possible.

Bioinformatics institute develops online courses on the regular basis. Currently we offer 18 free online courses in the areas of bioinformatics, programming, statistics and biology. The majority of courses are in Russian with the aim of attracting more talented students from outer regions to the area of Bioinformatics. Three week online course Introduction to Statistics I is now available also in English.