Department of Bioinformatics and Computational Biology

George Mason University

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The Department of Bioinformatics and Computational Biology is now part of the School of Systems Biology!

Systems biology pursues the understanding of structure and function in biological systems at multiple scales - from molecules to organisms through combination of knowledge and data garnered from theoretical, experimental, and computational methodologies. The mission of the School of Systems Biology at George Mason University is to provide a research and educational environment that allows integration of the various areas of molecular and cellular biosciences which reveal the characteristics and behaviors of biological processes from a systems perspective. The School of Systems Biology currently offers world class training in its five graduate programs: PhD in Bioscience, PhD in Bioinformatics and Computational Biology, MS in Biology, MS in Bioinformatics and Computational Biology, and Certificate in Bioinformatics and Computational Biology.

Research in the School of Systems Biology addresses the integration of genomic, gene expression and clinical databases, the analysis of protein structure and function, models of molecular, cellular and metabolic processes, and models of regulatory networks. School research also addresses fundamental computational methods with applications in bioinformatics, including computational geometry, image processing, pattern recognition, and data mining. School research is supported through grants from NIH, NSF, USDA and other agencies.

Students also benefit from the School's long-term relationships with the Washington capital region's many federal research labs and biotechnology companies, leading to numerous opportunities for employment.

The School of Systems Biology is based on the Prince William Campus of George Mason University.