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Name: Paul Pavlidis


Project title: Training Program in High-Dimensional Bioinformatics (HDB)


Award:$ 1,650,000 (over six years)


Project Synopsis:Technological innovation has given scientists the ability to gather and analyze huge quantities of data. This means that informatics, bioinformatics and computational biology data pools are enormous and complex. Therefore, experts who can organize, visualize, analyze, integrate and interpret large data sets are in high demand in industry and academia. Undergraduates typically lack the skills they need to "find statistical needles in noisy haystacks." In response, this project will provide collaborative research training and activities for graduates that go beyond their classroom learning.





CIHR Funding has ended. The CIHR Training Scholarships will no longer be available.  The Bioinformatics graduate programs at UBC and SFU are still accepting students, who have either secured external funding or a supervisor who will fund their studies.  Interested applicants, who have not secured funding, can still send their applications to be assessed for acceptance by faculty who are seeking graduate students.


Until then, please see the links below for other bioinformatics opportunites in British Columbia:


Program students who are now enrolled will not be affected by this closure in anyway.


Bioinformatics Training Program for Health Research

The CIHR bioinformatics training program operates as a scholarship program for a select number of students who are undertaking a Bioinformatics M.Sc. degree at either the University of British Columbia or Simon Fraser University.


Applications  for this program are now closed for 2014. If you have any questions, please contact


If you are not accepted into this scholarship program, you must find your own supervisor from the mentor/faculty list. Once you have done this, please contact

Graduate Studies in Bioinformatics

If you are majoring in one of the following areas:

  • biological discipline (biology, genetics, microbiology, molecular biology, medicine)
  • quantitative science (computer science, mathematics, physics, engineering, statistics)

If you have significant experience in a second one of these fields, and strong academic qualifications, the Strategic Training Program in Bioinformatics might be what you're looking for. You can study in Vancouver, BC, Canada for an MSc or PhD.

Scholarships are available for applicants to MSc and PhD programs, with strong academic qualifications.

The Strategic Training Program in Bioinformatics is a partnership among Simon Fraser University, the University of British Columbia, and the BC Cancer Research Centre, and is sponsored by the Canadian Institutes for Health Research (CIHR), Michael Smith Foundation for Health Research (MSFHR) and Alfred P. Sloan Foundation.

In addition to academic course work, students will conduct research rotations in both computational and biologically-oriented laboratories, and the program's mentors will personally guide your progress.

Read over the material here, especially the FAQ section, and contact us by e-mail if you need more information.

We gratefully acknowledge the support of the Canadian Institutes for Health Research the Michael Smith Foundation for Health Research and the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation.

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