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Bioinformatics & Systems Biology Bootcamp 2022

Welcome to the 2022 Bootcamp for incoming students to the UC San Diego Bioinformatics & Systems Biology (BISB) PhD program!

This 5-day intensive course is designed to place incoming PhD students on a path to success in their doctoral studies by conducting the following:

  • Introduce the doctoral program, UC San Diego, and San Diego county
  • Foster community among students of the incoming cohort and with senior students
  • Convey expectations for the core curriculum and elective courses, while reviewing basic concepts
  • Showcase faculty research and guide students in preparing for their research rotations
  • Review strategies for choosing an advisor, navigating a PhD, and preparing for a scientific career

Bootcamp’s content spans the topics listed above and is delivered through lectures, discussions, and interactive modules.

Location and Schedule

Bootcamp is held in the week prior to the start of Fall classes, from Monday, September 12, 2022 to Friday, September 16, 2022, in MET room 141. See the Schedule Overview and Schedule Details. Please note the schedule is actively being developed and is subject to change.

Learn about BISB/BMI Research: Summer Seminar Series

Over the summer, prior to Bootcamp, we host a weekly seminar series via Zoom where BISB and BMI faculty share their work and incoming students can learn about research opportunities. To learn more about the series, see Summer Seminar Series.

Moving to San Diego

We suggest moving to San Diego in early September so you have some time to settle in and get to know the area. See Move to San Diego for more information.

Onboard to UC San Diego

Learn about setting up your new student account, obtaining an ID card, signing up for classes, and more at UC San Diego Onboarding.

Parking at UC San Diego

Learn about the parking at UCSD at Parking at UCSD.


Learn about UC San Diego’s COVID-19 policies and testing as well as Bootcamp’s COVID-19 policies at COVID-19 Information.

Course Instructors

This course is led by current BISB graduate students! Four lead instructors curate Bootcamp’s content and teach the majority of lectures, while guest instructors are invited to provide instruction on specialized topics. See People for more information.