CPCB Program featured in the Scientist

cpcb 100px thumbnailOur Joint Carnegie Mellon – University of Pittsburgh Ph.D. Program in Computational Biology (CPCB) was highlighted in the Scientist. The article spoke of the new interdisciplinary environments being created by today’s big data sets generated by high-throughput sequencing and large-scale proteomic screens. Our program spans over 20 departments and 7 Centers/Institutes between CMU and Pitt.

Co-founded in 2005 by Dr. Ivet Bahar and Dr. Robert Murphy, our Ph.D. program was a pioneer in this “new biology,” integrating the quantitative fields with traditional biology. Dr. Dan Zuckerman, associate director of the CPCB program, said, “Biology on the whole is becoming more and more quantitative, and not just from the big-data point of view in terms of genomics, but also in terms of the types of precise measurements that people are doing in the biological world.” (Read more)


Olena, A. (2014, Feb). New School. Retrieved from The Scientist: http://www.thescientist.com/?articles.view/articleNo/38979/title/New-School/

MMBioS featured in EMBO encounters

MMBioSThe MMBioS Resource was featured in the 2013/14 winter edition of EMBO encounters. The article speaks of the Resource’s goal to build computational technology to assist in identifying the molecular and cellular mechanisms that control neurotransmission and signalling events, which could lead to the development of treatments for central nervous system disorders. The article also explains the highly collaborative environment of the Resource, as well as successes and challenges.

“We are not trying to identify new genes or determine new structures. We want to understand how they function, how neurobiological systems assemble and work together, or what is the origin of their dysfunction.” – Dr. Bahar on MMBioS


Dr. Chennubhotla receives mentoring award

ChennubhotlaPlease join us in congratulating Dr. Chakra Chennubhotla on being selected to receive a Medical Student Research Mentoring Merit Award. This award is presented to a Scholarly Project (SP) mentor of a graduating Pitt Med student in recognition for outstanding mentoring over the course of the SP.

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The award will be presented at Scholar’s Day on Wednesday, April 2nd at the University Club.