The S* Life Science Informatics Alliance

Shoba Ranganathan

Bioinformatics Centre, National University of Singapore
Singapore 119260

The worldwide shortage of trained bioinformaticists has precipitated the formation of an international alliance in May 2000 to present accredited courses in bioinformatics online.

Universities across five continents have formed a global alliance that is to provide a global, bioinformatics unified learning environment (GLOBULE) made up of modular courses in genomics and bioinformatics. The group  consists of members from cities or countries starting with the letter 'S' and so has termed itself the S* alliance.

In the short-term, the alliance aims to make a jointly-provided globally-accessible online course for training in bioinformatics that provides accessibility to the highest possible quality of online courseware available in the world today. The courses will be aimed at 3rd year undergraduate/masters level students and graduate students in the discipline of bioinformatics, structural biology and medical informatics. Students will have the unique opportunity to interact with teachers and students of many different nationalities working across time zones and continents.

In the long-term, the alliance aims to develop an integrated modular learning environment that allows a student to select from both pre-requisite modules and advanced modules in order to build a comprehensive programme in bioinformatics. Students will receive a certificate that will be applicable at member institutions towards credit.

Information on S-Star is available at:

Participants (in alphabetical order) include: