When Catherine Putonti, PhD, joined Loyola’s faculty in 2007, she would constantly have to explain what bioinformatics was to recruit potential students. But as the program has become more popular over the past few years, she’s noticed a change. Now, students are coming to her already familiar with the field. And for Putonti, that’s been a pleasant surprise.
The bioinformatics major at Loyola provides students with the training and opportunities to become leaders in this ground-breaking discipline, with career advancement and post-graduate possibilities for years to come.
Senior Bioinformatics majors Kelly Boyd and Amanda Misch as well as Junior Bioinformatics major Emma Highland attended and presented at the 2015 Grace Hopper Conference in Houston, TX (October 2015). These three majors have been hard at work on the CREU (Collaborative Research Experiences for Undergraduate) funded project (2014-2015), exploring the transcriptomes of avian species.