Program in Bioinformatics and Integrative Biology

The Program in Bioinformatics and Integrative Biology (BIB) was established in 2008 at the University of Massachusetts Medical School to address one of the most dynamic and central areas in biomedical research—the ever-increasing quantity of molecular information available to scientists. Rapidly accumulating data on DNA sequencesprotein structures and complex signaling networks has created an unprecedented demand for new approaches and a new generation of interdisciplinary scientists.

Zhiping Weng, PhD., Director of Program in Bioinformatics and Integrative Biology and Professor of Biochemistry and Molecular Pharmacology. In addition to Prof. Weng, Profs. Jeffrey Bailey, Manuel Garber, and Konstantin Zeldovich are on the BIB faculty, and the Program is actively recruiting additional faculty members. The faculty combines extensive expertise in mathematics, computer science, statistics and engineering to explore and understand biological systems through the application and development of computational tools. This exciting Program has one overriding goal: to educate talented and highly motivated women and men for leadership in the post-genomic era.

Research in the Program includes integrative analysis of next-generation sequencing data for understanding the functional regions of genomes, comparative and evolutionary genomics, identification of structural polymorphisms in individual genomes, computational modeling of regulatory and metabolic networks, protein-protein docking, protein design, large scale modeling of biological systems, and computational studies of the genetics and epigenetics of cancer and neurological disorders. The Program creates an exciting, dynamic environment in which students learn from each other as well as from the faculty. It provides unique interdisciplinary training in the science, engineering, medicine and ethics of 21st century biology.

The Program currently occupies 7,000 square-feet on the 4th and 5th floors of the Albert Sherman Center a nine-floor 550,000 square-foot research building which was completed on December 12, 2012 and designed to integrate research and teaching in an exciting collaborative environment. Computing facilities included a large, fully-supported Linux cluster.

              The Program in Bioinformatics and Integrative Biology invites applications for tenure-track or senior tenured professor positions.