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Computational Science (CS) – Biology

Computational science is one of the hottest fields still not taught at school, and biology is one of your favorite subjects; now imagine a program that combines the two.

Like other scientific fields, biology has been making great strides through the use of computerized databases that give access to research findings, DNA sequences of diverse organisms, and much more. Computational 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 great consequence to humanity: What will the genome of the HIV virus look in a few generations? What are the chances of a cell to become cancerous? And many other questions on mutation identification, drug design, fundamental biological processes, etc.

 

More about the program

Accredited by the Ministry of Education, the Davidson Institute of Science Education conducts a super-regional class in computational science. Due to the increasing need to predict the outcomes of complex processes, computational science is an emerging scientific-academic field. It relies on the advanced abilities of computers to build simulations, investigate them, and compare their results to real-world situation. Computational science enables addressing questions whose underlying laws we understand, but are too complicated to solve otherwise. Moreover, computers are also central in monitoring elaborate experiments and in running models and simulations.

Computational science as a field has been taught successfully at the Davidson Institute for numerous years, and the program is accredited by the Ministry of Education and the Council for Higher Education as a unique 5-point matriculation subject. Thanks to this accreditation, graduates of the program receive a bonus on the course grade when applying to academic studies. The program’s graduates are accepted in significant rates to elite academic units in the IDF (Intelligence/Talpiot) and continue into higher education. Beyond its contribution to graduates’ scientific knowledge and thinking skills, the program also provides participants with confidence in their skills and their abilities to take on complex problems and challenges. 

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