Bioinformatics is an interdisciplinary field that develops and improves the methods of storing, retrieving, organizing, and analyzing biological data.
Major activities in bioinformatics are aimed at developing effective software tools for the production of biological knowledge. Given the importance of the recording, transferring, and processing of information in biological systems, in 1978 the field of Bioinformatics was officially introduced as an interdisciplinary field for tackling clinicians' needs. Considering the definition of this field, its importance is also significant in biophysical and biochemical fields. Between 1981 and 1991, the period known as the Genetic Revolution era, by increasing the volume of biological and genetic data, the importance of bioinformatics became more and more evident.
The department of bioinformatics aims at training qualified bioinformatics specialists via practical and theoretical teaching methods and establishing close cooperation with research and therapeutic centers to improve public health and achieve sustainable development. Presence of bioinformatic specialists at universities of Medical Sciences is a clear indication for the growth of inter-faculty collaboration. Specialists in this field help better understand the results of the medical universities laboratories, including toxicology, physiology, biology, medical genetics, and pharmaceutical laboratories.
The department is focused on adapting graduates of this field to have the ability to apply computer science, information, mathematics, and statistics to solve biomolecular problems. As part of training program the graduates are prepared to apply bioinformatics techniques to information obtained from the analysis of molecular biology data in any modern economic and industrial fields (i.e., pharmaceutical, food, agriculture, biotechnology, & health industries).