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

 

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    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

    Casey Lu Cazer

    • Campus: Ithaca
    • Concentrations: Computational Biology: computational biology
    • Research Interests: Epidemiology of zoonotic diseases, evidence-based medicine, and One-Health; classical statistical methods, mathematical modeling, and machine learning

    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

    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

    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

    Katie Gold

    • Campus: Ithaca
    • Concentrations: Computational Biology: computational biology; computational ecology
    • Research Interests: plant disease detection and epidemiology, pathology, remote sensing/imaging spectroscopy

    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

    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

    Amy Frances Kuceyeski

    • Campus: Ithaca
    • Concentrations: Computational Biology: computational behavioral biology; computational biology
    • Research Interests: Computational neuroimaging, machine learning/statistical modeling of brain connectivity networks, brain-behavior mapping

    William Kai Ming Lai

    • Campus: Ithaca
    • Concentrations: Computational Biology: computational biology; computational cell biology
    • Research Interests: Gene regulation, DNA sequencing, biochemistry, machine learning, next generation sequencing assays

    Christiane Linster

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

    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

    Benjamin F. Pugh

    • Campus: Ithaca
    • Concentrations: Computational Biology: computational biology; computational genetics
    • Research Interests: biochemical, genetic, genomic and computational approaches toward deciphering how gene regulatory proteins assemble onto a gene and regulate its expression

    Hudson Kern Reeve

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

    Kelly R Robbins

    • Campus: Ithaca
    • Concentrations: Computational Biology: computational biology; computational genetics
    • Research Interests: quantitative genetics, genomics and computational science to improve the efficiency of crop breeding programs and increase understanding of complex traits

    Frank C. Schroeder

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

    Praveen Sethupathy

    • Campus: Ithaca
    • Concentrations: Computational Biology: computational genetics
    • Research Interests: Regulation of gene expression, Genomics of microRNAs, Quantitative genetics

    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

    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

    Haiyuan Yu

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