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The mission of the Bioinformatics Lab is to explore and advance the the fascinating research field where computer science methods meet problems from life sciences. Our interests are centered on algorithmic analysis and mining of large-scale biomedical data.
Current research in the Lab is focused on several problems in bioinformatics, systems biology and computational methods for biomedicine. These include: integration of multiple sources of data (genetic, epigenetic, expression, proteomic) in biological discovery and predicitve modeling; incorporation of prior biological knowledge into predictive models; analyzing differences in robustness of metabolism in different species using methods from complex networks; and computational and statistical exploration of rules that describe evolution of protein structures. We are also focusing on ensemble machine learning and its biomedical applications.


The Bioinformatics Lab is headed by Tom Arodz, associate professor at the Department of Computer Science at Virginia Commonwealth University. Dr. Arodz holds Ph.D. in computer science from AGH University of Science and Technology in Krakow, Poland. His dissertation was recognized with Prime Minister's Award. Dr. Arodz also holds M.Sc. in biotechnology from Jagiellonian University in Krakow.


Currently, a position (with stipend) is available for a Ph.D. student. We are looking for a motivated person with an M.Sc. in computer science or related field.

The Lab is also looking for undergraduate students interested in research in bioinformatics and machine learning.

Contact tarodz@vcu.edu for details.

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