Bioinformatics comprise development and use of methods from computer science, statistics, physics, chemistry to approach problems in molecular biology. At the University of Bergen, the activity was initiated around 1990 by researchers at the Department of Informatics (II) and the Molecular Biology Department (MBI).
A large part of the research activity in bioinformatics at the University of Bergen takes place at the Computational Biology Unit (CBU) established in 2002. The groups at II, MBI, and CBU are co-located and together constitute the largest bioinformatics research community in Norway.
All bioinformatics students need to have basic training in both biology and informatics but most will mainly focus on one of the two disciplines when choosing courses and projects.