The structural and quantitative biology concentration brings together
two areas of study whose combined force has become the next wave
in research. If you love biology and you love computers, this is
the place for you!
Our students and faculty employ a combination of approaches found
in a variety of traditional disciplines. They analyze molecular
and anatomical structures, and examine and model cellular organization,
gaining insight into how biological components work together to
form systems that sustain life,.
In our Structural Biology focus area, we study everything from the
structure of molecules to the structure of bones, utilizing novel
investigative strategies together with state of the art research
instrumentation such as NMR, Mass Spectroscopy, and gene arrays.
On a molecular level, high-throughput biomedical methodologies are
now producing vast quantities of DNA and protein sequence information.
We are translating these “blueprints” into three-dimensional
structures. This forms a basis for exploring the molecular defects
leading to disease as well as developing new drugs.
Our biomedical imaging focus area is geared to solving specific
problems, especially in human medical imaging, seeking to improve
medical care through advances such as making 3-D sense of 2-D images
and automating medical image analysis.
In our computational and theoretical biology focus area faculty
and students approach biomedical sciences by combining computational
computer science methods with biological theory. The goal is to
describe biological processes, extract information from large databases,
and deduce biological structures. Students have access to state
of the art computing resources and algorithms, and interact closely
with colleagues producing relevant experimental observations.
If your interest is in modifying or even assembling organisms with
special properties, then cellular dynamics and engineering is for
you! Students and faculty analyze, create and model cellular sensors
and regulatory circuits as well as synthetic and degradation pathways.
They focus on finding biological answers to practical environmental,
biomedical, and pharmaceutical problems. This research area spans
the study of individual cells, organ interactions, and entire organisms.
Biomedical research is increasingly cross disciplinary, and Structural
and Quantitative Biology is integral to this approach. As a result,
our graduates are well prepared for exciting, high demand Biomedical
careers in academia, medicine, and industry. Please feel free to
take a look at our other areas of concentration or select contact.