complete DNA sequences of genomes from humans to
microbes brings mankind to perhaps the greatest
scientific frontier ever. To build, from the foundation
of these genome sequences, a fundamental, comprehensive,
and systematic understanding of the processes of life is
perhaps the scientific challenge of the 21st
challenge of understanding the molecular processes of
life can be met only by revolutionary approaches for
creating a new, systems-level, computational, biology.
Success in this enterprise requires a multidisciplinary
approach: the integration of powerful concepts and
technologies from the biological sciences, the physical
sciences, the mathematical sciences, and engineering.
in bioinformatics holds promise for more rapid
approaches to drug discovery, diagnosis and treatment of
diseases tailored to an individual's genome, enhanced
agricultural productivity, understanding of the impact
of organisms on the environment, and fundamental
scientific discoveries not only in the life sciences but
also in the supporting fields of computer science and
mathematics and statistics. Discoveries in
bioinformatics have the potential to revolutionize the
life-styles of all Americans, fuel the creation of new
industries, and attract the attention of the nation's
brightest and most entrepreneurial young scientists.
Dominion University is committed to building a strong
program in Bioinformatics and Computational Biology.
Faculty involved in bioinformatics research in the three
departments of Computer Science, Biological Sciences,
and Mathematics and Statistics provide a foundation from
which to build on. Multidisciplinary courses, research
seminars, and research collaborations are ongoing among
faculty and students from these three departments.