NEW YORK, May 16 (GenomeWeb News) - BitMap, a Chicago Technology Park-sponsored initiative that offers tuition-free bioinformatics training, has chosen the University of Illinois at Chicago as its academic training partner, the firm said today.
UIC offers the only accredited bioinformatics program in Illinois, and will develop and administer the curriculum for the certificate program, which is designed to retrain unemployed and underemployed information technology workers in the bioinformatics field, BitMap said.
Hui Lu, a professor of bioinformatics at UIC, will serve as academic director for BitMap. The program will consist of three courses and an industry internship, and will take students one year to complete. Classes are scheduled to begin in August.