At the intersection of life and information sciences is the field of Bioinformatics. Explore the science that is used to analyze the human genome, identify targets for drug discovery, develop new algorithms, study molecular evolution and more.

Bioinformatics is the science of storing, extracting, organizing, analyzing, interpreting and using information in the fields of biological sciences, computer science and mathematics.

Bioinformatics students learn to extract information from large databases and use it in computer modeling. They develop problem solving skills, including the ability to develop new algorithms. They learn the language of structure-function relationships, information theory, gene expression, and database query.

In the Bioinformatics program, students also gain field experience in industrial and academic settings, as well as internships.

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Oregon Silverspot Butterfly

The Recovery Challenge Grant from the U.S. Department of Fish and Wildlife funds work by Pacific University Professor Dr. Rich Van Buskirk and partners at the Woodland Park Zoo in Washington and Washington State University. 

Research

The Pacific Undergraduate Research Conference is returning to an in-person format this fall on Nov. 10. For many presenters, these research projects will become the basis of their senior capstone project. Pacific is the No. 1 private research university in the Pacific Northwest, and as such, has a reputation for mentoring its undergraduate students especially in the areas of scientific and creative research.

Kelsey Schweitzer '11 and friends on a mountaintop

Kelsey Schweitzer ʼ11 attended Pacific University with hopes to become a marine biologist. She dreamed of studying wildlife to find ways to promote the health of the environment and mankind. Eight years later, she had her heart set on going to law school.