Digital sciences for life sciences and healthcare


This specialisation offers a cutting-edge programme in the transdisciplinary field of digital sciences for applications in life sciences and health. More specifically, medicine has entered the "Big Data" era with the implementation of high-throughput data in the diagnostic and therapeutic sectors, thanks in particular to the digitization of medical records and considerable advances in biotechnologies (e.g. genomics). These biotechnologies have applications beyond health, including in ecology for example, to characterize ecosystems and develop biofuels.
The aim of this specialisation is to raise students' awareness of current issues in the biomedical field, and to illustrate the interface with digital science and technology in the fields of data modeling, visualization, management, interpretation and learning, through cross-disciplinary projects. These projects are complemented by basic courses in biology (cell biology, molecular biology, immunology, etc.) and formal methods (biological networks, data analysis).

Conferences and debates touching on societal issues (data security, genetics, ethics etc) complete the programme to expand the students’ perspectives.

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Course Content
2023/24 Academic Year
Autumn Semester Spring Semester
Cellular biology Bioinformatics and Genomics
Advanced computer sciences Conferences*
Computational surgery Systems biology: discrete modelling and qualitative analysis of biological networks
Statistics and machine learning Computer systems and databases
Molecular biology and genetics Project 2
Immunology Internship
Systems biology: probabilistic modelling and quantitative analysis of biological networks
Neurology and physiology
Project 1

* Examples of Conferences

  • Bio-inspired information processing (artificial neurons)
  • Medicines: from molecule to patient
  • Computational tumour genome analysis
  • High-dimensional statistical learning for vaccine research
  • Developmental biology meets tissue engineering
  • Cancer and DNA methylation of enhancers
  • Structural bioinformatics for drug discovery
  • Tissue-specific genetic characteristics for predicting drug side effects

Download 2022/23 syllabus
Examples of projects and internships

Examples of Previous Projects

  • Analysis of breast cancer methylome data
  • Exploration of epigenetics in algae by nanopore sequencing
  • Detection of blood and lung transcriptomic biomarkers in Covid-19
  • Genomic study of kidney transplantation and prediction of transplant failure
  • Automated detection of phenotypic changes in cells using video microscopy
  • Bioplotting of multiple tissues
  • Biomathematical modeling of glioblastoma growth
  • Optimization of 3D surface meshes of heart valves
  • Development of an epitranscriptomic analysis tool

Examples of Previous Internships

  • Artificial intelligence algorithms for voice biomarker identification (Institut de santé du Luxembourg)
  • Prediction of post-operative pain after knee and hip surgery (moveUP, Brussels, Belgium)
  • Improvement of back-end application and CEN-tools server database (EMBL-EBI, Cambridge, UK)
  • Graphical interface for quality control management (BioNextLab, Luxembourg)
  • Development of bioinformatics workflows in pharmaceutical R&D (Pierre Fabre, Toulouse, France)
  • Comparison and development of single-cell RNAseq data analysis methods (Sanofi, Chilly-Mazarin)
  • Automation of metagenomic analysis reports (Biofortis, Saint-Herblain)
  • Development of bioinformatics visualization tools (Eligo Bioscience, Paris)
  • Evaluation of machine learning algorithms to estimate the effect of treatment (Servier, Suresnes)
  • Development of standardization tools for biotechnology R&D projects (Procelys, Maison-Alfort)
  • Business analyst healthcare and life sciences (IQVIA, Courbevoie)
  • Pathology detection using complex biological data (NumaHealth, La Rochelle)
  • Molecular dynamics approach to plastic-protein interactions (CEA, Saclay)
  • Methods for inferring transcriptional networks (Institut Pasteur, Paris)
  • Genomic quantification of plankton biomass (CEA, Evry)
  • Development of a biomedical data analysis pipeline in oncology (ICO, Saint-Herblain)
  • Study of the effects of age and gender on alpha waves (ICM, Paris)
  • 3D RNA structure database (IBISC, Université Paris-Saclay, Evry)
  • Nucleosome positioning in mammals using deep learning (Museum d'Histoires Naturelles, Paris)
  • Integration of large-scale genetic data to improve renal graft survival (Inserm CR2TI, Nantes)
  • Computational analysis of genomic alterations in multiple myeloma (Inserm CRCI2NA, Nantes)
  • Lung cancer screening using transcriptomic data analysis (Institut Curie, Mines Paris)
After the specialisation

Industry sectors

  • Biomedical engineering and therapeutic bioengineering
  • Pharmaceutical industry, chemicals and cosmetics
  • Bioinformatics platforms
  • Bio-technological development
  • Data Sciences
  • Bio-statistics
  • Health and digital research
  • Innovation in environment and energy


  • Biomedical engineer
  • Bioinformatics engineer
  • Biostatistics engineer
  • Computational biology engineer
  • Data scientist
  • Biomedical project manager
  • R&D manager
  • Researcher

Published on March 30, 2016 Updated on September 20, 2023