Bioinformatics

Handling and analyzing large amounts of data continues to be an urgent need in genomic science. Bioinformatics emerged in response to this need. The new field includes methods to analyze extremely large data sets of genomic information, such as DNA sequences and expression from DNA microassays.

Students electing to do research in bioinformatics will be concerned both with the management of genomic data and with the means for drawing inferences from these. They will learn to search for pattern and meaning in genomic data and will develop new statistical methods of analysis.  

Theoretical research will focus on applications of genomic data in areas such as human identification for forensic and parentage issues, varietal protection of plants, detection of genes affecting disease and affecting economic traits in plants and animals, prediction and determination of the structure of proteins, gene discovery, sequence alignment, characterization of functional and structural domains in DNA sequences, reconstruction of the evolutionary history of modern species, characterization of the structure of human and other populations, and quantification of the extent of genetic diversity in natural and domesticated species.

Learn about the Bioinformatics graduate program.

Researchers in This Area

David Aylor

Assistant Professor

919-515-7079

Gavin Conant

Assoc Professor

573-489-1252

Michael Cowley

Asst Professor

919-513-0818

John Godwin

Professor

919-513-2936

Jim Mahaffey

Professor

919-515-5791

Dahlia Nielsen

Associate Professor

919-515-2586

Antonio Planchart

Assistant Professor

919-513-2530

David Reif

Associate Professor

919-513-3812

Rob Smart

William Neal Reynolds Distinguished Professor

919-515-7245

Jeffrey Thorne

Professor of Genetics and Statistics

919-515-1946

Fred Wright

Professor

919-515-9060

Yihui Zhou

Research Asst Professor