What is bioinformatics?

Bioinformatics is a field of science at the interface of numerical discipline (informatics, mathematics) and the life sciences (biochemistry, biology, microbiology, ecology, epidemiology). Since life scientists produce growing numbers of data on genomes, biomolecules, organisms, their interactions and evolution, there is a growing demand for informatics approaches for storage, visualization and analysis of these often very complex datasets.

In addition, bioinformatics plays an important role in biomedical research. Research work in the area of genetic diseases and medical genomics is rapidly increasing and the future of personalized medicine depends on bioinformatics approaches. As a consequence, the job market for bioinformaticians is excellent.