Bio-Health Informatics

The Bio-Health Informatics group from the School of Computer Science combines biological and genetic information with clinical data and computer information systems. Our work optimises the use of data, information, and knowledge across molecular biology, clinical e-science and health care.

Advances in technology since the 1970s have made bioinformatics one of the fastest growing biological disciplines. Researchers in the area have now recorded over one million DNA and protein sequences. This sheer volume of raw data hides a wealth of potential knowledge, on everything from protein structure to disease mechanisms.

Biologists and the pharmacists face the challenge of extracting useful information from these sequences. When combined with clinical and health data, there is a vast amount of information that can be gleaned and deduced using computer science, information theory, and biology.

By helping develop standards, systems and shared data representations, we support the vision of post-genomic medicine.