Bioinformatics, also known as computational biology, is the use of techniques from applied mathematics, informatics, statistics, and computer science to solve biological problems. See also: What is Bioinformatics?
Bioinformatics at Rensselaer
This is a highly interdisciplinary field, involving faculty in mathematical sciences, biology, computer science, chemistry, and several departments in the school of engineering.
Rensselaer has established a joint bioinformatics center with the nearby Wadsworth Laboratories in the New York State Department of Public Health.
Projects of current interest include:
- Development and application of algorithms that aim to solve biological problems using DNA and amino acid sequence, structure, and related information.
- Search for patterns in biomolecular sequences that are functionally important, such as transcription biding sites.
- Prediction of structure or function from nucleic acids or protein sequence data.
- Development of methods and databases to classify large amounts of biological information.
- Development of algorithm and software that are important for current biotechnology applications.