From diseases to therapies with Bioinformatics
The CBI consists of the Faculty of Natural Sciences and Technology I, the Faculty of Natural Sciences and Technology III, and the Faculty of Medicine at Saarland University as well as the Max Planck Institute for Informatics (MPII), the German Research Center for Artificial Intelligence (DFKI), and the Fraunhofer Institute for Biomedical Engineering (IBMT).
Bioinformatics involves the development of algorithms and software with which to simulate biochemical processes and analyze molecular biological data. The Center places its particular research emphasis on improving methods for the faster development of better medications with fewer side effects.
Some 30 work groups in the areas of computer science, mathematics, medicine, pharmaceutical science, biology, biotechnology and chemistry conduct research and teach at the Center for Bioinformatics.
Here, the CBI Saar aims at:
- Setting up a virtual biology laboratory for modeling and simulating biochemical processes.
- Emphasis on providing bioinformatics tools for development and manufacture of new drugs, and for optimization of therapeutic strategies.
- Educating bioinformatics students who possess excellent theoretical and methodological knowledge, able to use existing tools and to develop new methods.