Bioinformatics is a discipline bridging the boundary of molecular biology and computer science. The name, coined in 1978, found its use as a name for the new discipline in the 1990s. The main domain of bioinformatics is the study of methods to store, analyze and visualize large data sets generated in molecular biology. Newly established disciplines producing such data today, besides various branches of molecular biology, are genomics and proteomics. These so-called “-omics” employ modern, highly parallel techniques to sequence DNA or identify “en mass” other biomolecules, such as RNA, proteins or metabolites in living cells and tissues. The amount of data available from modern experiments exclude manual analysis. Bioinformatics as a discipline comes up with new ways of working with such data, employing computers for automation, special algorithms to decrease time or space requirements of computation and combines biological knowledge with statistics, computer science and data visualization techniques to produce new tools or insights beneficial to our understanding of life.

At FI we are mostly interested in new methods to analyze sequences and structures of biomolecules. Some of the past/current/future projects and key student works include: