Computational biology is an emerging discipline concerned with analysis of biological data and understanding of biological principles through the use of techniques from mathematics, statistics, and computer science.
In the math department at UC Berkeley, pure and applied mathematicians work on a range of biological problems with an emphasis on genomics and phylogenetics. The relevant mathematics includes algebra, topology, combinatorics, and statistics. See some of our recent papers.
The computational biology group within the mathematics department includes undergraduate and graduate students, postdoctoral researchers, and faculty, many of whom are part of the campus-wide designated emphasis in computational biology and the Center for Computational Biology. The group works in the Laboratory for Mathematical And Computational Biology located in 748 Evans Hall.
We offer an undergraduate course on mathematical and computational methods in molecular biology, and a graduate course on applications of discrete mathematics to the life sciences. There is also a regular research seminar on computational biology, held Wednesdays from 2-3pm in 939 Evans Hall.
The Laboratory for Mathematical and Computational Biology has opened in 748 Evans Hall (Feb. 13 2009). A celebratory event to mark the opening of the lab will be held on Friday May 1st.