Bioinformatics is a highly interdisciplinary field harnessing computer science, mathematics, statistics, physics and biology to apply the tools of computation and analysis to capture and interpret biological data. The classic data of bioinformatics include DNA sequences of genes or full genomes; amino acid sequences of proteins; and three-dimensional structures of proteins, nucleic acids and protein-nucleic acid complexes. A primary focus of bioinformatics is the ability to take a genome sequence, whether from a human or bacterium, and predict from the sequence the complete set of genes, how they are regulated and what they do. Skilled bioinformaticians are needed in academia and industry to develop new methods for data management and analysis.
Visit the Center for Environmental Biotechnology's Bioinformatics Resource Center at UT.
| Michael Berry ||Electrical Engineering & Computer Science; Mathematics||Scientific computing, parallel numerical algorithms, information retrieval, data mining|
| Scott Emrich ||Electrical Engineering & Computer Science||Genome-focused bioinformatics, high-throughput and parallel computing, life science applications|
| Michael Gilchrist ||Ecology & Evolutionary Biology||Evolutionary theory, mathematical biology, molecular evolution, protein translation|
| Michael Langston ||Electrical Engineering & Computer Science||Graph algorithms in bioinformatics, machine learning|
| Sarah Lebeis ||Microbiology||Plant-microbe interactions, genomics and bioinformatics, plant-associated microbial communities and innate immunology|
| Rachel Patton McCord ||Biochemistry & Cellular and Molecular Biology||3D genome structure and the biophysics of cell migration|
| Brian O'Meara ||Ecology & Evolutionary Biology||Phylogenetics, macroevolution|
| Meg Staton ||Entomology and Plant Pathology||Bioinformatics, computational genomics, genomic database development|
| Albrecht von Arnim ||Biochemistry & Cellular and Molecular Biology||Translational regulation of gene expression. Director, Genome Science and Technology Program|