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Department of Biological Sciences
1W14 Jonsson-Rowland Science Center
Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute
110 Eighth Street
Troy, NY 12180-3590

Phone: (518) 276-6446
Fax: (518) 276-2344

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Bioinformatics & Computational Biology

Bioinformatics is the application of statistical models and databases to answer questions about biological systems. 

Computational biology is the study of biological systems through modeling, theory and simulations. Research in this field draws from a broad base of sciences, from physics to chemistry to math.

At Rensselaer

Researchers at Rensselaer are applying computational methods to the understanding of diverse biological systems, including RNA structure, gene structure, protein structure, protein interactions, protein folding, protein design, drug design, RNA folding, chemoinformatics, molecular dynamics, phylogenetic analysis, and the brain. New computational methods are being developed including dynamic programming, support vector machines, hidden Markov models, finite element analysis, and many more.

Faculty Researchers


Christopher Bystroff

Jane Koretz

George Makhatadze

Sandra Nierzwicki-Bauer

Chemistry and Chemical Biology

Curtis Breneman

Mark Wentland

Chemical and Biological Engineering

Shekhar Garde

Jonathan Dordick

Physics, Applied Physics, & Astronomy

Angel García

Computer Science

Sanmay Das

Lee Newberg

Bulent Yener

Mohammed Zaki

See also the Bioinformatics research group in CS


Michael Zuker

Kristin Bennett

Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute Department of Biological Sciences