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Computational Biology

Computational Biology research encompasses many important aspects including molecular biophysics for bio-energy, genetic level pathogen identification for bio-security, and development of data analytics for human health. We develop and apply theoretical methods and computational algorithms for investigating processes that occur at the biomolecular level to entire organisms and microbial communities. At the fundamental level, we are interested in biomolecular structure, dynamics and function particularly in relation to the biophysical mechanism of enzyme catalysis. For applications in the area of bio-energy, we focus on the discovery of pathways and regulatory networks in plant-microbial communities (in association with the Plant Microbial Interfaces, PMI, initiative) and bio-energy related crops (in association with the Bio-energy Science Center, BESC).