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Bioinformatics, Computational Systems Biology, and Computational Biophysics Research and Education at Wake Forest University

Research in computational biosciences

Wake Forest University offers outstanding research opportunities to graduate and undergraduate students and postdoctoral fellows in the core areas of bioinformatics, computational systems biology, and computational biophysics lead by faculty members who are at the forefront of their fields. Research areas span the scales from study of molecular and nano-systems, to modeling of signal transduction and cellular biology, to statistical analysis of ecological systems. Complementary computational and experimental efforts are ongoing in most of the research areas and faculty collaborate extensively with researchers at the Wake Forest Medical School and at other universities and national laboratories. Graduate and undergraduate majors, as well as post-doctoral researchers, can take advantage of state-of-the-art research facilities, including the Center for Structural Biology and the DEAC high performance scientific computing facility. Participating departments include Computer Science, Mathematics, Physics, Biology, Biochemistry, Microbiology and Immunology, and Internal Medicine (Molecular Medicine).

More information can be found on these pages: research and publications, people (including faculty, research associates and students), and research tools.

Courses and educational programs in computational biosciences

Graduate and undergraduate programs are aimed at students with diverse scientific backgrounds in mathematics or in any of the biological, chemical, computational or physical sciences. These programs provide a quantitative background for research careers in the biotechnology industry or graduate research and education in biochemistry, biophysics, or the biomedical sciences. These programs also provide preparation for non-science careers, such as those in the health professions, education, business, or law. Programs include:

Wake Forest is a leader in developing interdisciplinary and team-based courses and programs at both the graduate and undergraduate level. These include courses in systems biology, biophysics, and bioinformatics.

Unlike most college and university courses that are taught from one specific disipline, we have developed and implemented an interdisciplinary model for teaching that links the computational and biological sciences. A major focus in several courses is interdisciplinary interaction and productive communication. Participation in these courses prepares students to work in the diverse teams that are found in the workplace, what the NIH calls the "research teams of the future." Some of the applications developed by these interdisciplinary student teams in the bioinformatics and computational systems biology courses are featured on the Computational Biosciences Tools web page.

To learn more about the specific courses and programs that combine biological, computational, and physics sciences offered at Wake Forest University click here.