Computational Bioengineering

COMPUTATIONAL BIOENGINEERING​

Director: Suzanne Shontz, Ph.D.

Computational bioengineering generally describes the science of computational approaches to biological problems below the cellular level. Although evolving, Computational Bioengineering has matured to comprise kernel sub-disciplines. These include biological sequence analysis, the structure and function of proteins and nucleic acids, genetic networks and gene expression, molecular evolution, and hypothesis generation from large-scale data sources.

Through modeling and analyzing systems, Computational Bioengineering provides a rationalization of hypothesis formation, thereby reducing the problem space confronted by experimental approaches in traditional biology. A computational progenitor to this is rational drug design, routinely employed by pharmaceutical companies. In the genome enabled era, random approaches to genetic engineering are increasingly complemented by rational approaches where Computational Bioengineering plays a pivotal role.

Central methodologies brought to bear on these problems are derived from probability and statistics, signal processing, algorithms and their analysis, linguistics, graph theory, linear algebra, differential equations and optimization theory, database theory, and data mining. The Computational Bioengineering​ core at KU provides the student with formal course work in methodologies and applications with an emphasis on research.

 

 

Track Faculty

Headshot of Kyle Camarda
785-864-2908
4154 Learned Hall

Titles

Associate Professor, Chemical and Petroleum Engineering

Associated Tracks

Bioinformatics
Biomolecular Engineering

Research Interests

Computational Molecular Design of Pharmaceuticals
Polymers and Other Biomaterials
Optimization Algorithms Applied to Engineering Systems

Headshot of Jerzy Grzymala-Busse
785-864-4488
3014 Eaton Hall

Titles

Professor, Electrical Engineering & Computer Science

Associated Tracks

Bioinformatics

Research Interests

Data Mining
Including Mining Micro-Array Data

Headshot of Krzysztof Kuczera
785-864-5060
5090 Malott Hall

Titles

Professor, Chemistry
Professor, Molecular Biosciences

Associated Tracks

Bioinformatics

Research Interests

Computer simulations of proteins, peptides and complex liquids

Headshot of Christian Ray
785-864-3206
4006B Haworth Hall

Titles

Assistant Professor, Molecular Biosciences

Associated Tracks

Bioinformatics
Biomolecular Engineering

Research Interests

Transitions in single cells verses evolutionary fitness

Headshot of Suzanne Shontz
  • Track Director, Computational Bioengineering
  • Associate Professor, Electrical Eng. and Computer Sci.
785-864-8816
2001 Eaton Hall

Associated Tracks

Bioimaging
Computational Bioengineering
Biomechanics & Neural Engineering
Biomedical Product Design & Development

Research Interests

Computational Medicine
Computational Surgery
Computational Anatomy
Computational Biomechanics
Patient-Specific Model and Mesh Generation
Image Processing

Danny Welch
913-945-7739
2003 Wahl Hall West, KUMC

Titles

Professor and Chair, Cancer Biology
Associate Director for Basic Sciences
Associate Director for Education

Associated Tracks

Bioimaging
Bioinformatics
Biomolecular Engineering

Research Interests

Tumor progression, invasion, metastasis,

Cuncong Zhong
785-864-0379
ITTC, Computational Biology and Bioinformatics Lab

Titles

Assistant Professor, Department of EECS/ITTC

Associated Tracks

Computational Bioengineering

Research Interests

Computational Biology

Biological big data and precision medicine

Functional non-coding RNA