The areas of research at QBI are constantly expanding and include, but are not limited to Structural Biology, Biophysics, Drug Discovery, Synthetic Biology, Bioinformatics, Computational Biology, Bioengineering, Imaging and Systems Biology.
Biophysics uses the tools of physics to watch biology in action. To visualize what macromolecules like proteins, RNA, or DNA look like, biophysicists use powerful X-rays or electron microscopes. These techniques can define the shape of the molecules.
The ability of a cell to respond to its environment depends on the actions of the proteins encoded by the DNA in the genome. However, most proteins don't work alone. They work with other proteins in teams called complexes.
Computational biologists aim to address fundamental and applied questions in biology and biomedicine, by analyzing and modeling biological datasets using sophisticated theoretical and computational techniques.
Systems biology is based on the understanding that the whole is greater than the sum of the parts. It is a strongly collaborative discipline and often involves scientists from many areas, including molecular and chemical biology, physics, computer science, engineering and bioinformatics. It involves the quantitative deciphering of complex biological systems using networks at multiple scales.
The health and life sciences are in the midst of a profound revolution. The cross-disciplinary application of new technology and quantitative approaches from engineering, computer science, and physics to the life sciences has fueled fundamental advances in molecular and cellular biology.