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Bioinformatics and modeling specialization (BIM)

Program objectives and direction in a Sorbonne Université International Master’s Program

The current challenges in biology and medicine generate new requirements interfacing with computer science and mathematics: complex data analysis and modeling tools, thus the need to train young scientists with a vast multidisciplinary culture. This specialization relies on the experience of a number of departments (mathematics, life sciences and medicine) and of UPMC research centers along with two international partners, covered by an agreement : International Master’s Programme in "Bioinformatics, Biomathematics and Modeling" (BIMM) between UPMC, Université Libre de Bruxelles (Belgium) and Leeds University (England). The programme is coordinated by the information technology department.
New features of this specialization compared to the Master’s in France and abroad: integrated training course in biology, combining combinatorial and statistical algorithms for bioinformatics and mathematical modeling; research modules designed to group students from various disciplines; refresher modules to enable knowledge acquisition but also to establish a common language to promote exchange; modules shared by teachers from various disciplines. This partnership within a single module aims to enhance “conventional” teaching and broaden students’ thinking.

We wish to prepare students taking the specialization for research and applications in this interface field that relies on a solid basis in computer science. The specialization is primarily designed to teach students the development of new methods for resolving issues relating to life sciences. It is therefore essential that students are competent in their initial field and that they have knowledge of the language and problematic of biological and biomedical sciences. Students will need to acquire additional skills in digital simulation and statistical analysis in view of handling and analyzing large quantities of data.
Students following the international master’s must spend one semester in a partner university, during the M2 training course or during the programme. Certain M2 programmes will be taught in English.

Specialization teaching team

The M1 and M2 modules will be taught by teachers from various disciplines. This partnership within a single module aims to enhance “conventional” teaching and broaden students’ thinking.
Given the nature of the discipline and the number of students expected to follow the courses as part of the specialization, the dedicated multidisciplinary teaching team will implement significant means in order to:

1. Encourage beneficial interaction between students from different backgrounds. Working Groups will be set up and interactive courses with presentation of articles by students and presentation of research by guest researchers from various fields, etc. will be implemented.

2. Enable revision of course content with respect to the new methods and new discoveries in this rapidly developing field.

Career opportunities

The BIM (Bioinformatics and Modeling) covers current and practical problems such as genomics and searching large quantities of biological data, thus ensuring job opportunities in this specialization. It also touches on more prospective areas that are part of advanced research in our laboratories. The programme requires students to draft a thesis while on their placements at INRIA, Genoscope-CEA, INRA, etc. Other students will join university labs (biology, ecology, biomechanics, medicine etc.). The new "genomics of microorganisms" laboratory created at Sorbonne Université will welcome students interested in drafting a tentative thesis with an analysis part in silico, and students interested in the development of new data analysis methods in silico. 


The program is designed to enable computer science students to acquire skills in the field of bioinformatics and modeling while training them to become computer specialists. Furthering of knowledge in algorithms and artificial intelligence will enable students to develop new methods in this field.
For students wishing to acquire basic knowledge in computer science, we offer a first year practice course (M1) in computer science combined with the STL (Software Science and Technology) and IAD (Artificial Intelligence and Decision) specialization, covering basic knowledge in combinatorial and statistical algorithm. Students will also follow courses in statistics and introductory courses in biology, bioinformatics and modeling basics. These modules will enable students to become familiar with multidisciplinarity thanks to the course content and by working with students from other disciplines within the BIMM (Bioinformatics, Biomathematics and Modeling) international master’s, taking the same classes as specializing students.

The second year (M2) includes classes and an internship. The M2 program is taught by at least two teachers, one being a biologist, thus maintaining students’ awareness of the challenges in the field of biology. A large variety of modeling classes is now available at Sorbonne Université. Around 10 new papers in bioinformatics and modeling will be incorporated as of September 2009.
A number of M1 papers and a larger number of M2 papers are shared with the "Mathematics and Modeling" specialization in the mathematics master’s major at Sorbonne Université, the "Molecular and Cellular Biology" major and the "Integrative Biology and Physiology" major.
The detailed list of M1 and M2 courses and their description can be downloaded here: M1 and M2 (pdf).


This specialization is designed for student scientists with a good knowledge of computer science and/or applied mathematics and computer science. Students must demonstrate their knowledge in general computer science, including proficiency in algorithms and programming and good knowledge in basic mathematics (logic, algebra, analysis and probability).

The first year program welcomes students with a bachelor’s degree in computer science or mathematics (including certain papers in programming and algorithms), but other atypical backgrounds are also accepted in certain cases. Physics and Chemistry students for example may enroll on the BIMM (Bioinformatics, Biomathematics and Modeling) International Program, their application being assessed on a case per case basis, in order to determine the most appropriate specialization, such as the BIM (Bioinformatics and Modeling). Applications from students having completed mathematics or computer science Bachelor courses and having shown an interest in Life Sciences are particularly appreciated.
The second year program welcomes both students having completed their first year and students from other universities or engineering schools, having shown an interest for life sciences, applied mathematics and computer science and/or computer science during their course. Applications are assessed on a case per case basis.
Integration of the BIM (Bioinformatics and Modeling) in the BIMM (Bioinformatics, Biomathematics and Modeling) International Master Program provides for international visibility of the specialization and participation of foreign students, who may enroll on the programs mentioned above.

Contact Informations

Contact Informations
CARBONE  Alessandra

WEIGT  Martin

Administrative Manager
AUGER  Emilie

Sorbonne Université
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