The School of Information Technology and Computer Science is pleased to announce the launch of our new Postgraduate Diploma in Bioinformatics at Nile University. It is a one-year diploma (with the possibility to be extended to 2 years) includes 4 courses and a project. Courses may count toward M.Sc. degree in informatics (12 credit hours). Applicants considering continuing to M.Sc. degree must ensure they meet all the degree requirements of NU and submit necessary documentation at the start. Applications to individual courses may be accepted, but to get the diploma certificate, you must finish all courses and the project. An orientation session will be held soon to introduce the diploma in more details.
Recently, technologies for generating biological data has developed dramatically ending in huge amounts of data in terabytes. Revealing biological insights from such huge data requires both carefully applying and regularly developing efficient data storage, retrieval, and analysis techniques. Lately, OMICS data analysis become the most crucial step in any biological research, which consequently boosted the need for bioinformaticians to be engaged in various research institutions, universities and in the industry as well. After completing this diploma, you will be able to analyze and interpret biological data on an open source Linux-based environment through either using existing tools or developing your own specific tools, in an efficient way, aiming to fulfill both research and market demands.
International Instructors from top universities and leading institutions in Bioinformatics like NCBI and EMBL-EBI
Addresses the ever-increasing market demand on Bioinformaticians
Builds solid expertise and know-how in relatively short time.
Combines science, technology and applications aligned with needs of industry leaders and key vendors in this domain.
Provides hands-on, mentored case-driven project in real-life context.
Is certified by Nile University.
Provides credit hours for potential NU Master’s programs subject to NU admission requirements.
Provides ability to track performance evaluation and grades of each student sponsored through a group customer agreement.
Ahmed Ali, Msc. is currently a Data Manager at the Functional Genomics Research Group at the European Bioinformatics Institute EMBL-EBI, UK. His main duties are to create and maintain pipelines and data flow between different EBI repositories like ArrayExpress and ENA. Before joining the EBI, Ahmed was the co-founder and development team leader at the software company Trendak which focuses on text mining, big data, and social media analysis. In 2008, Ahmed was graduated from the Faculty of Engineering at Cairo University from the System and Biomedical Engineering Department. Then he joined the Nile University as a Research Assistant at the Center for Informatics Sciences - CIT, The Bioinformatics Research Group. He had his Masters’ Degree in Software Engineering by 2010. During his work at the Nile University, he was exposed to different bioinformatics research problems including gene-terms annotation, graph search, and data warehousing.
Ahmed has a strong experience in programming with Python, he has been using it for more than 10 years. Nevertheless, due to his previous and current work and research experiences, he has a concrete understanding of bioinformatics development and problems.
Dr. Mohamed El-Hadidi is an Assistant Professor at the School of Information Technology and Computer Science (ITCS) and the head of the bioinformatics research group at Center for Informatics Sciences (CIS), Nile University (NU) since January 2017. Currently, he is the associate director of the Biomedical Informatics BSc. program and the director of the Bioinformatics diploma at NU. Additionally, El-Hadidi has acquired good experience in the industry, which he gained from working as the head of the bioinformatics unit at Colors for Research private medical company.
El-Hadidi received his Ph.D. Degree in Bioinformatics in 2016 from the Department of Computer Science, Eberhard Karls Universität Tübingen in Germany. From 2012-2016 he has worked as a full-time researcher in ZBIT Center for Bioinformatics at University of Tubingen. El-Hadidi was awarded an EU-funded scholarship “Erasmus Mundus”, where he had the chance to finish two master’s degree; one in Computational and Systems Biology from Aalto University in Finland and the other in Biotechnology from the Technical University of Lisbon in Portugal.
El-Hadidi’s research expertise is in the area of applied bioinformatics with a focus on next-generation sequence data analysis and metagenomics. During his Ph.D., El-Hadidi’s main research focuses on designing and implementing automatic pipelines for the analysis of microbiome data for a wide range of applications in medicine and the environment. El-Hadidi has published several publications in prestigious peer-reviewed journals in the fields of bioinformatics and metagenomics.
Tamer M. Ibrahim is graduated from the Faculty of Pharmacy, Alexandria University in 2005. He worked as Teaching Assistant and Senior Teaching Assistant at the German University in Cairo (GUC) where he received his Master degree in 2009. He received his Ph.D. in Medicinal Chemistry from the Eberhard Karls University of Tuebingen (Germany) in March 2015 where he specialized in computer-aided drug design and cheminformatics. His field of expertise includes methodologies in computer-aided drug design with high performance calculations, e.g. in: molecular modeling, molecular docking, computational pharmacophore, quantitative structure activity relationship (QSAR), molecular dynamics (MD), some aspects in quantum mechanics (QM), and virtual screening approaches, ..etc. In addition, during his postdoctoral studies in Tuebingen, he worked at the interface of experiment and theory to validate some computational predictions. Dr. Tamer is working as a Lecturer of Pharmaceutical Chemistry in the Faculty of Pharmacy, Kafrelsheikh University since February 2017.
Rosina Savisaar originally trained in linguistics at the University of Lorraine in France. She then moved to the life sciences and completed a Master’s Degree in Neuroscience at the University of Oxford in the United Kingdom. Currently, she is in the process of finishing a PhD in Bioinformatics at the University of Bath in the United Kingdom, and will be heading to Cairo after submitting her thesis. Her work has primarily focused on layers of overlapping information within genomes. Notably, the parts of our genome that specify the structure of proteins (coding sequences) also contain overlapping regulatory signals. Rosina’s research addresses the problem of how the evolution of coding sequences is constrained by the need to maintain such overlapping regulatory information. More broadly, she is interested in combining insights from molecular biology with work in bioinformatics and evolutionary genomics. She has published in high-impact peer-reviewed journals and has presented at numerous international conferences.
Applicants holding non-computer-related degrees may also apply if they have proven sufficient experience in the IT field (e.g. attended IT diplomas, computer courses, ..etc). The application will be reviewed by the admission committee and an interview may also be required to determine eligibility to register in the BI-PD professional Diploma. The applicant must provide information demonstrating their experience record with proof.
The diploma is primarily intended for graduates with biology/biotechnology or related fields or from computer Science/engineering or related fields and practical experience in IT. In special cases, however, some top undergraduates with strong background and demonstrated maturity may be accepted. As such, applications from undergraduate students will be assessed on case-by-case basis.
We strongly advise you to register for the diploma from the start. If after completing a set of courses, you choose to not register for additional courses, you can do so without penalty. Once registered in a course, NU regulations regarding course withdrawals apply.
We strongly recommend taking the courses in the order presented, as each subsequent course will build on material from previous courses.
Courses are offered at Nile University, 26th of July Corridor, Juhayna Square, Sheikh Zayed City. Courses are typically scheduled 5:30-8:30 on weekdays. Room location and dates will be sent by email. On Occasion, a course may be rescheduled over the weekend to accommodate special experts brought in from outside Egypt. Note that the diploma courses are offered for a given intake: two courses are offered in the first term of the diploma and the second two courses being offered in the second term (one required and one of two electives). While NU strives to repeat the courses every semester, this is not guaranteed.
Students who registered in the Bioinformatics Diploma (BI-PD) and successfully passed the courses of the Professional Diploma may apply for the Masters degree in Informatics, School of Information Technology and Computer Science, Nile University. Admission to Master’s degree is not guaranteed and is governed by the university requirements (TOEFEL, GPA, ... etc). If continuing on to a Master’s degree is a possibility, you must register for the Master’s degree when starting the professional diploma.
- Upon completion of all 4 courses and the project, the student will receive: The BI-PD certificate stating “Successfully completed the program of study and fulfilled the requirements for Bioinformatics Professional Diploma” if student has passed all courses based on NU regulations. The BI-PD certificate stating “Attended the training for Bioinformatics Professional Diploma” if the student receives an F in any of the courses and does not successfully complete it later. - There is no final grade for the overall BI-PD diploma. - Certificates are signed by Informatics Program Director and have the NU official stamp.
Applicants who would like to attend certain classes without earning any credit may apply as auditors. This category of admission is dependent on space availability. Students are not eligible to sit for examinations, submit papers and assignments, earn academic credit and grade, or receive any enrollment certification from Nile University. The credit courses are offered in the professional diploma at a discounted rate of 50%, the same 50% discount will be extended to auditors.
- Graduate from biology/biotechnology or related fields or from computer Science/engineering or related fields.
- A grade of “Good” from recognized universities in Egypt or a GPA of 3.0 from an accredited university or program.
- NU Postgraduate Application Form (Attached).
- Copy of BSc., MSc, or Ph.D. Certificate.
- Recent CV