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Computational Science (CS) – Biology

Computational Science is the hottest field that is still not being taught in school, and biology is one of your favorite subjects. Now imagine what will happen if you combine the two

Like many scientific fields, biology has also been making great use of computerized databases that give access to research findings, DNA sequences of a variety of organisms and more. Tools have been developed to draw meaningful conclusions from this vast body of information, and this is exactly where you come in.

As part of the three-year program, you will gain deep knowledge in the Python programming language, in tools such as Matlab and in protein-structure simulation software, in order to create your own computational tools and perform in-depth research on biological questions that have a great importance to humanity: how will the genome of the HIV virus look in a few generations; what are the chances of a cell becoming cancerous  and additional questions that are relevant for identification of mutations, drug development, understanding fundamental biological processes and more. So do you want to be the ones to change the world?

More about the program

The Davidson Institute of Science Education, with permission from the Ministry of Education, holds a super-regional class in computational science (CS). This is a novel emerging scientific field in the academic world, due to the arising need of predicting complex situations. Computational science makes vast use of the advanced abilities of computers in order to build simulations, study them and compare the results to the real world situation. Computational science allows us to address questions that science knows all the laws to, but are too complicated to solve otherwise. Computers are also useful for monitoring complex experiments and for running models and simulations.  

The subject of computational science is being taught successfully at the Davidson Institute for many years, and the program is accredited by the Ministry of Education and the Council for Higher Education as a unique 5 matriculation unit subject. Thanks to the accreditation, graduates of the program receive a bonus on the grade they receive when applying for the university. A high rate of graduates of the program are accepted to elite academic units in the IDF (Intelligence/ Talpiot) or continue to higher education. In addition to its contribution to its graduates with extending their scientific knowledge and scientific thinking skills, the CS program gives the students confidence in their skills and their ability to take on complex problems and challenges.  

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