Bioinformatics Alumni Feedback
Garrett M. Dancik, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor of Computer Science/Bioinformatics
Department of Mathematics and Computer Science
RCNJ- BS in Bioinformatics, 2003:
“I am extremely fortunate to have been able to graduate from Ramapo College of New Jersey with a degree in Bioinformatics. The major provided me with an excellent foundation in the biological and computational sciences which gave me an advantage over my peers in graduate school, the majority of who did not have an interdisciplinary background. In addition, Ramapo provided me with valuable bioinformatics research opportunities, including the opportunity to present my research at regional conferences. As a result of my academic preparation and research experiences, my transition into a graduate program in Bioinformatics and Computational Biology was very smooth, and I attribute much of my success in graduate school to my experiences at Ramapo College.”
Ph.D. in Genomics and Computational Biology
University of Pennsylvania Medical School
RCNJ- BS in Bioinformatics, 2005:
“The bioinformatics major gave me an interdisciplinary training spanning biology, chemistry, computer science and statistics, as well as opportunities to do research. The coursework provided me the breadth of knowledge, and research provided me the depth of knowledge, that is required for successful admission to the doctoral program in genomics and computational biology at UPenn. Solving research problems with individual mentoring from Dr. Bagga, Dr. Kumar and Dr. D'Antonio, helped me develop excellent programming skills, that I use every day in my graduate work. As I look back, for me, Ramapo laid the foundation of a successful career in academia, for which, I am grateful.”
Web Developer, Bioinformatics Researcher
RCNJ- BS in Bioinformatics, 2006:
"What really impresses me about bioinformatics is that one person can do truly complex research with just a computer and the internet. With cloud computing becoming cheaper every day, significant computational resources are available even to low budget research teams. Ramapo bioinformatics program has been absolutely terrific. With both biology and computer science professors participating, it's a great environment to learn and do actual research. I and other students got multiple publications in Oxford University press research journal, which is a great head start if you're planning to get into masters/PhD programs."
Ph.D. in Microbiology
Albert Einstein Institute
RCNJ- BS in Bioinformatics, 2007:
“The Bioinformatics Program at Ramapo did an excellent job of preparing me for a career in Biological research. I credit the coursework, independent research program, and most especially the Bioinformatics faculty with making me a competitive graduate school applicant and giving me the skills I need to pursue a Ph.D. in microbiology.”
Pfizer Pharmaceuticals, NY
RCNJ- BS in Bioinformatics, 2008:
"Bioinformatics has enabled me to broaden my knowledge in the scientific and medical research fields. The bioinformatics major has introduced me to some of the latest technologies in acquiring and analyzing data, which has proven to be useful tool both in my current position with Pfizer and as I prepare for medical school. Being a Bioinformatics major, the skills and techniques you learn are some of the newest methods used in research."