Title: Promoting inter/multidisciplinary education and research in bioinformatics, systems biology and intelligent computing

Authors: Mary Qu Yang, Andrzej Niemierko, Jack Y. Yang, Yufang Jin

Addresses: Department of Health and Human Services, United States National Human Genome Research Institute, National Institutes of Health, Bethesda, MD 20852, USA, and Oak Ridge, DOE, USA. ' Department of Radiation Oncology, Massachusetts General Hospital Cancer Center and Harvard Medical School, Harvard University, Boston, Massachusetts 02114, USA. ' Department of Radiation Oncology, Massachusetts General Hospital Cancer Center and Harvard Medical School, Harvard University, Boston, Massachusetts 02114, USA. ' Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering, University of Texas at San Antonio, San Antonio, TX 78249, USA

Abstract: Bioinformatics and systems biology are two booming research areas studying live organisms. Though having different focuses, bioinformatics and systems biology often share same or similar engineering and computer science methods to elucidate the mechanisms of multi-level biological systems. Regulatory mechanisms underlying biological processes involve interactions at cellular, sub-cellular, genomic and genetic levels. Accordingly, we need to bridge the gaps of biomedical researches at different levels of studies and foster the interdisciplinary and multidisciplinary research between both bioinformatics and systems biology domains. The synergic research on integrating bioinformatics and systems biology facilitates the advances in biology and medicine.

Keywords: interisciplinary education; multidisciplinary education; bioinformatics education; systems biology education; intelligent computing; biomedical research.

DOI: 10.1504/IJCBDD.2009.030113

International Journal of Computational Biology and Drug Design, 2009 Vol.2 No.3, pp.207 - 220

Published online: 10 Dec 2009 *

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