Bioinformatics programme

The overarching goal of bioinformatics research is the computational modelling of biological systems at various levels of complexity and detail. To achieve this, novel algorithms and methods along with fully integrated data resources need to be developed to solve important biological and medical problems. These developments will require close interaction between biological scientists, bioinformaticians, computer scientists, mathematicians, statisticians, physicists and researchers in other related disciplines.

The main bioinformatics themes relevant to the ISMB relate to the analysis and prediction of protein structure, along with methods for predicting protein-protein and protein-ligand interactions. Large scale application of these techniques to whole genomes and biological networks is facilitated by the use of large-scale distributed computing facilities such as the two 200 processor Beowulf clusters being maintained in the Biochemistry and Computer Science departments at UCL, along with the associated Grid software development.

Programme leader
Professor David Jones

Research Centre
The Bioinformatics programme of the ISMB also runs the Bloomsbury Centre for Bioinformatics (BCB). The BCB provides support and training resources in bioinformatics, and will run a research incubator programme providing support for pilot projects expected to lead to full grant applications.



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