Computational Biology

Faculty working in computational biology: 

faculty photo Paul Adams

Adjunct Professor, Department of Bioengineering
Senior Scientist, Lawrence Berkeley Laboratory
Division Director, Molecular Biophysics & Integrated Bioimaging

Development of new algorithms and methods for structural biology. Structural studies of large macromolecular machines. Development of cellulosic biofuels.

faculty photo Adam Arkin

Dean A. Richard Newton Memorial Professor, Bioengineering
Senior Faculty Scientist, Environmental Genomics and Systems Biology Division, Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory
Director, Berkeley Synthetic Biology Institute
CEO/CSO, DOE Systems Biology Knowledgebase
PI and Co-Director, ENIGMA SFA

The Arkin Lab’s research focuses on the systems and synthetic biology of microorganisms. They are experts in theory, computation and experiments surrounding the modeling of biological systems at the molecular and population level and have developed a number of genome scale technologies with which we can rapidly assess the genomic function of uncharacterized microorganisms. The lab’s models span the deterministic and stochastic analysis of both homogeneous and spatially distributed systems.

faculty photo Teresa Head-Gordon

Chancellor’s Professor, Department of Bioengineering,
Department of Chemistry,
Department of Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering

My research program encompasses the development of general computational and experimental methodologies applied to biochemistry and biology in the areas of water and aqueous hydration, protein folding, structure prediction, protein complexes, membrane proteins, and non-disease and disease protein aggregation. I have also been involved in local and national service, education, and training, which extends to promoting and developing the blueprint for computational biology and biophysical research for the future.

faculty photo Ian Holmes

Associate Professor, Bioengineering

The Holmes Lab brings techniques from machine learning, statistical linguistics, phylogenetics, and web development to bear on the interpretation and analysis of genomic data. Examples include the application of context-free grammars to understanding DNA and RNA structure; the use of phylogenetic methods in genome annotation, and to detect recombination breakpoints; the development of machine learning algorithms for bioinformatics models; the reconstruction of insertion, deletion and transposition events in genome evolutionary histories; statistical algorithms for metagenomics species distribution analysis; and dynamic-HTML web applications for collaborative genomic data analysis.

faculty photo Richard Karp

University Professor, Bioengineering
University Professor, Electrical Engineering & Computer Science
University Professor, Industrial Engineering & Operations Research

Algorithms in computational biology, inference of regulatory structure from protein-protein interaction data.

faculty photo Mohammad Mofrad

Professor, Bioengineering
Professor, Mechanical Engineering
Faculty Scientist, Lawrence Berkeley National Lab

Our research program is focused on understanding cell mechanobiology and molecular mechanisms involved in human disease, in particular cardiovascular dysfunctions, brain and neurological disorders, and cancer.

faculty photo Boris Rubinsky

Professor Emeritus, Bioengineering
Professor of the Graduate School, Mechanical Engineering

Bioelectronic devices, biotransport, medical imaging, electrical impedance tomography.

faculty photo David Schaffer

Professor, Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering, Bioengineering
Professor, Helen Wills Neuroscience Institute
Director, Berkeley Stem Cell Center

Stem cell engineering, Gene delivery and therapy, Gene network biology

faculty photo Kimmen Sjölander

Professor, Bioengineering
Professor, Plant and Microbial Biology

My research focus is the application of computational methods for biological discovery.

faculty photo Aaron Streets

Assistant Professor, Bioengineering

The Streets lab is interested in applying lessons from mathematics, physics, and engineering, to invent tools that help us dissect and quantify complex biological systems. Our goal is to uncover laws that govern the interactions of molecules inside the cell and the interactions between cells in a tissue or organism, by making precision measurements on single cells. In pursuit of this goal, we exploit three core technologies; microfluidics, microscopy, and genomics.