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School of Informatics and Computing


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From health care to the environment, cheminformatics is central to the important issues of the 21st century.

Also known as chemoinformatics and chemical informatics, cheminformatics is used to improve our understanding of biological functions, develop life-saving drugs, and minimize chemicals’ environmental impact.

If you have a background in either chemistry or informatics/computer science with some knowledge—and interest—in the other, consider cheminformatics. You’ll use computers and databases to explore the representation and use of chemical structures, learning skills and techniques you can apply to drug discovery, chemistry, biology, toxicology, and environmental science.

As a student, you’ll conduct research that helps our faculty tackle the field’s biggest issues. A leader in cheminformatics research and education, our program has attracted funding from organizations like the National Institutes of Health and Eli Lilly, and we offer a variety of workshops, distance-education courses, and free educational materials—such as the Indiana Cheminformatics Education Portal—for professionals and students.

Cheminformatics track of the Ph.D. in Informatics

Preparing students for careers in academia and industry