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Division of Biomedical Technology, Bioinformatics, and Computational Biology

Electrostatic map of human spermine synthase. Courtesy of Emil Alexov, Clemson University

This division supports the discovery, development, dissemination and use of new tools and technologies that advance basic biomedical research. The division is particularly interested in applying techniques from the computational, mathematical and physical sciences.

This division focuses on questions like:

  • What new technologies and techniques will help scientists better understand molecules, cells and organs and the roles they play in health and disease?
  • What methods will reveal more about how cells, microbial communities, human populations and other complex biological systems respond to different or changing environments?
  • How can researchers apply computational approaches to understanding and predicting the spread of infectious diseases?
  • What are the best ways to organize, share and visualize vast quantities of biological data?

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This page last reviewed on November 4, 2015