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Computational Biology

Field Description

Computation has become essential to biological research. Genomic databases, protein databanks, MRI images of the human brain, and remote sensing data on landscapes contain unprecedented amounts of detailed information that are transforming almost all of biology. The computational biologist must have skills in mathematics and computation as well as in biology. A key goal in training is to develop the ability to relate biological processes to computational models.
 
The field provides interdisciplinary training and research opportunities in a range of subareas of computational biology involving topics such as DNA and protein databases, protein structure and function, computational neuroscience, biomechanics, population genetics, and management of natural and agricultural systems.

Students majoring in computational biology are expected to obtain a broad, interdisciplinary knowledge of fundamental principles in biology, computational science, and mathematics. But because the field covers a wide range of areas, it would be unrealistic to expect a student to master each facet in detail. Instead, students choose from specific subareas of study: they are expected to develop competence in at least one specific subdomain of biology (i.e., genetics, macromolecular biology, cellular biology, organismal biology, behavioral biology or ecology) and in relevant subareas of computational science and mathematics. 
Students are supervised by field faculty drawn from sixteen departments.

Contact Information

Website: http://www.cb.cornell.edu
Email: skp5@cornell.edu
Phone: (607) 255-5488

102 Weill Hall
Cornell University
Ithaca, NY  14853

Subject and Degrees

Computational Biology

Concentrations by Subject

Computational Biology

  • computational behavioral biology
  • computational biology
  • computational cell biology
  • computational ecology
  • computational genetics
  • computational macromolecular biology
  • computational organismal biology

Faculty

Adam Bogdanove

  • Campus: Ithaca
  • Concentrations: Computational Biology: computational genetics
  • Research Interests: functional genomics of plant interactions with plant pathogenic bacteria, especially rice with Xanthomonas oryzae; role of TAL effects in plant disease and applications for disease control and DNA targeting, including genome editing

James G. Booth

  • Campus: Ithaca
  • Concentrations: Computational Biology: computational biology
  • Research Interests: Linear Models; generalized linear models; random effects; Monte Carlo methods; bioinformatics

Adam Boyko

  • Campus: Ithaca
  • Concentrations: Computational Biology: computational biology; computational genetics
  • Research Interests: genetics of adaptation and domestication; bioinformatics

Ilana Lauren Brito

  • Campus: Ithaca
  • Concentrations: Computational Biology: computational biology; computational genetics
  • Research Interests: population genetics; bacterial genomics;human microbiome;systems biology

Edward S. Buckler

  • Campus: Ithaca
  • Concentrations: Computational Biology: computational genetics; computational organismal biology
  • Research Interests: plant breeding and genetics, statistical genetics, computational genetics

Andrew G Clark

  • Campus: Ithaca
  • Concentrations: Computational Biology: computational genetics
  • Research Interests: Computational biology

Thomas A. Cleland

  • Campus: Ithaca
  • Concentrations: Computational Biology: computational biology
  • Research Interests: computational neurobiology; perception; cognition; olfaction

Evan G Cooch

  • Campus: Ithaca
  • Concentrations: Computational Biology: computational ecology
  • Research Interests: methods for quantitative analysis and management of population dynamics; theoretical ecology

Charles G. Danko

  • Campus: Ithaca
  • Concentrations: Computational Biology: computational biology; computational genetics
  • Research Interests: transcriptional regulation, epigenetics, evolution of gene regulation

Iwijn De Vlaminck

  • Campus: Ithaca
  • Concentrations: Computational Biology: computational biology; computational genetics
  • Research Interests: precision medicine; single-cell genomics; circulating cell-free DNA; genomic medicine

Stephen Paul Ellner

  • Campus: Ithaca
  • Concentrations: Computational Biology: computational ecology
  • Research Interests: theoretical and computational population biology

David James Field

  • Campus: Ithaca
  • Concentrations: Computational Biology: computational behavioral biology
  • Research Interests: theories and models of sensory coding and visual processing; visual perception; relations between the structure of the natural environment and the representation of that environment by sensory systems

Yrjo Tapio Grohn

  • Campus: Ithaca
  • Concentrations: Computational Biology: computational biology; computational organismal biology
  • Research Interests: basic metabolism in ruminants and genetics to veterinary epidemiology, economic modeling and food safety

Zhenglong Gu

  • Campus: Ithaca
  • Concentrations: Computational Biology: computational genetics
  • Research Interests: molecular evolution; comparative genomics; evolution of S. cerevisiae; nutrition and metabolism

Giles J. Hooker

  • Campus: Ithaca
  • Concentrations: Computational Biology: computational biology
  • Research Interests: machine learning; statistical inference for nonlinear systems in biology

Alon Keinan

  • Campus: Ithaca
  • Concentrations: Computational Biology: computational genetics
  • Research Interests: human population genetics; demographic inference

Jon M Kleinberg

  • Campus: Ithaca
  • Concentrations: Computational Biology: computational behavioral biology
  • Research Interests: combinatorial structure of networks and information, with applications to computational biology

Amnon Koren

  • Campus: Ithaca
  • Concentrations: Computational Biology: computational biology; computational genetics
  • Research Interests: gene expression;gene regulation;molecular biology;molecular genetics; DNS replication and mutation

Christiane Linster

  • Campus: Ithaca
  • Concentrations: Computational Biology: computational organismal biology
  • Research Interests: neural basis of sensory processing and memory

Hod Lipson

  • Campus: Ithaca
  • Concentrations: Computational Biology: computational biology; computational ecology
  • Research Interests: evolutionary robotics and artificial life; evolutionary computation

John T Lis

  • Campus: Ithaca
  • Concentrations: Computational Biology: computational biology; computational genetics
  • Research Interests: gene expressions, gene regulation, molecular biology, molecular-genetics, RNA aptamer, RNA splicing, transcription

Susan Rutherford McCouch

  • Campus: Ithaca
  • Concentrations: Computational Biology: computational biology; computational genetics
  • Research Interests: plant breeding; plant genetics

Philipp Messer

  • Campus: Ithaca
  • Concentrations: Computational Biology: computational genetics

Jason G. Mezey

  • Campus: Ithaca
  • Concentrations: Computational Biology: computational genetics
  • Research Interests: quantitative genetics/genomics; statistical genetics; computational biology; pathway modeling; molecular evolution

Gaurav Dilip Moghe

  • Campus: Ithaca
  • Concentrations: Computational Biology: computational biology
  • Research Interests: plant biology, evolutionary genomics, metabolomics, natural product discovery

Christopher R. Myers

  • Campus: Ithaca
  • Concentrations: Computational Biology: computational biology
  • Research Interests: systems biology; dynamic modeling

Hudson Kern Reeve

  • Campus: Ithaca
  • Concentrations: Computational Biology: computational behavioral biology
  • Research Interests: behavioral ecology; plasticity in insect social behavior

Frank C. Schroeder

  • Campus: Ithaca - (Minor Member)
  • Concentrations: Computational Biology: computational biology

David B Shmoys

  • Campus: Ithaca
  • Concentrations: Computational Biology: computational genetics
  • Research Interests: efficient algorithms for discrete optimization with applications in computational biology

Adam C. Siepel

  • Campus: Ithaca
  • Concentrations: Computational Biology: computational biology; computational genetics
  • Research Interests: genetics, genomics, computational biology, computational genetics

Patrick J Sullivan

  • Campus: Ithaca
  • Concentrations: Computational Biology: computational ecology
  • Research Interests: spatial and temporal statistical modeling and assessment of populations and communities

Xiaomu Wei

  • Campus: Ithaca
  • Concentrations: Computational Biology: computational genetics
  • Research Interests: cancer genetics/genomics

Martin Timothy Wells

  • Campus: Ithaca
  • Concentrations: Computational Biology: computational genetics
  • Research Interests: applications of statistics in biology

Amy L. Williams

  • Campus: Ithaca
  • Concentrations: Computational Biology: computational biology; computational genetics