Integrated Bioinformatics Program (IBP) at Drexel University focuses on a system approach to bioinformatics in
which information at the gene, protein, cell, tissue, organ, and system level is integrated and interpreted for early detection, accurate diagnosis, and effective treatment of complex diseases
such as cancer. The program offers bioinformatics education at both undergraduate and graduate levels and provides two training programs: “The Philadelphia Summer Institute for
Bioinformatics” for undergraduate college students and “The Philadelphia Greenhouse Bioinformatics Training Program” for professionals. The overall objective of the educational program is to
train students in system approaches for the development of useful computational models of living systems and novel enabling informatics technologies in life sciences. A broad, educational impact of the Integrated
Bioinformatics Program is to strengthen the system biology and bioinformatics background of biomedical engineering and computer science students; as such, students
are poised to shape of the future of bioinformatics for years to come. The program facilitates bioinformatics research in a wide range of topics, including the molecular
characterization of tissue heterogeneity, molecular pathways and cellular networks, and the informatics of cultured cells. Tissue heterogeneity is an important property of cancer.
Medical, histological, and molecular information must be integrated to address the issues of early detection, accurate diagnosis, and individualized treatment. Integration of
information is also the key ingredient in the future advances in the treatment of infectious diseases.