for Bio —computational kind.
We’re into B big, with B we’re aligned.
But it’s not like those DNA seqs are aligned.
Instead, B and CS are now intertwined.
In the 1990s, recognizing the influence CS could
have in comp bio, we began looking for faculty. Dexter Kozen, a complexity
person, and others collaborated with the wonderful people in bio throughout
Cornell, and in 1998 we hired Ron Elber, who does bioinformatics and
protein dynamics. Bioinformaticist Uri Keich came on board in 2003.
The Comp Bio program, now within CIS (the Faculty for Computing & Information
Science; see Q), is part of Cornell’s huge Life Sciences Initiative;
over 100 faculty are involved. The number of CS faculty doing comp bio
is growing —seems like everyone except me. For example, Elber and
jack-of-all-trades Jon Kleinberg did some amazing work on protein evolution,
and Elber is working with machine-learning-AI prof Thorsten Joachims
Elber collaborates with many people at Cornell —when Steve Tanksley
of Plant Breeding couldn’t figure out where his tomato gene belonged,
Elber’s software told him in a few minutes that the gene was similar
to a human gene that controls cell division and growth.
Did you hear about Bridging the Rift? That’s a research facility
being built by Israel and Jordan on their border, in collaboration with
Cornell and Stanford. Elber is director of its Library of Life, which
will attempt to record information on all living systems in that area.
Because of the massive data to be recorded, our folks in data mining
Want to do comp-bio/data-mining and see the world? Join us.