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Johns Hopkins, U. of Delaware, Los Alamos to Create Computational Biology Institute with $2.7M DOE Grant

NEW YORK, Dec. 7 (GenomeWeb News) - Johns Hopkins University, the University of Delaware, and Los Alamos National Laboratory have won a three-year, $2.7 million grant from the US Department of Energy to establish a computational biology research institute, according to an official Johns Hopkins newspaper.


The Institute for Multi-Scale Modeling of Biological Interactions will study biological systems at several levels, ranging from protein interactions to the behavior of complex networks. It will include faculty and researchers from all three participating institutions, covering biophysics, chemistry, physiology, chemical and biomolecular engineering, biomedical engineering, mechanical engineering, and electrical and computer engineering.


The new institute builds on a program in computational biology established at Johns Hopkins in 1999. Besides research, the DOE grant will support a PhD program.

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