Computers are used to gather, store, analyze
integrate biological and genetic information which can then be applied
to gene-based drug
discovery and development. Recent years have seen an explosive growth
in biological data. Large sequencing projects are producing increasing
quantities of nucleotide sequences. The contents of nucleotide
databases are doubling in size approximately every 14 months. The need
for Bioinformatics capabilities has been precipitated by the explosion
of genomic information resulting from the Human Genome Project. The
goal of this project "determination of the sequence of the entire
human genome (approximately three billion base pairs)" will be reached
by the year 2003. The science of Bioinformatics, which is the melding
of molecular biology with computer science, is essential to the use of
genomic information in understanding human diseases and in the
identification of new molecular targets for drug discovery.
Bioinformatics, sometimes, is used
interchangeably with the term
Precisely, Computational Biology is defined as the systematic
development and application of computing systems and computational
solution techniques to models of biological phenomena.
Biological sequence analysis has existed as a niche on the edge of
well-established research areas - molecular biology, physics,
mathematics, and computer science. The possibilities which lie in using
the computer as a tool in obtaining understanding of, and manipulating,
genomes and other biological macromolecules, depend on the quality of
the collaborations which are established in the field. In the next
century it is expected that the research will have a strong impact on
conceptions of the micro- and macroscopic characters of genomes, the
relation between individual and species, and the interplay between man
and the evolutionary process.
|From July 2015||Integrated MSc-PhD course
||Pre-Ph.D program in
||M.Tech Program in Bioinformatics
||Email and internet access
||PhD Program in Bioinformatics
DBT Center Excellence in Bioinformatics
||Advanced Post Graduate Diploma
Integrated into School of Computational and Integrative Sciences
||Started molecular modeling
||Made into autonomous center of
|1989 - 1995||Service provider with facilities
for sequence retrieval and analysis and abstract services
In 2000, the centre has started a Advanced Post Graduate Diploma
Program in Bioinformatics.
A national level examination is conducted by JNU from which the
meritorious students clear an interview to get admission in the Diploma
program. Four batches have completed and are pursuing Ph.D in India or
abroad, or work in the Bioinformatics R&D and Industry. This
program is on hold since 2006.
At present center is running M.Tech (Computational & Systems Biology), Pre-Ph.D, and Ph.D program in Bioinformatices, Computational Biology and Systems Biology.
CCBB assist biologists:
1. To retrieve bibliographic references,
and structural data.
2. To analyze the sequences and structure data.
3. Imparting skills in bioinformatics.
4. Providing computational facilities for research purposes.
CCBB is a part of the National wide Information System called BTIS and have linkages with other Bioinformatics Centres using high speed connectivity.