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Computational Biology and Bioinformatics

David Hendrix talking with a student in front of a class.

Computers are an ever-present aspect of modern biochemistry, and many faculty focus on computation as a major component of their research. Molecular simulations provide valuable insights into the mechanisms of protein and RNA interactions and functions. The growing number of available structural and gene expression data have made possible research related to management, integration, and analysis of these data. Our faculty perform molecular simulations, develop algorithms and data analysis pipelines to help understand biological molecules and their functions. Several faculty work on genomics and epigenomics to help understand how biological information is encoded in DNA and how this directs the regulation and expression of genes.