Welcome to Interdisciplinary Ph.D. program in GBCB

Modern biology is now challenged with understanding living organisms on a systems level, empowered by the enormous success of molecular biology and numerous genome projects. This expanded understanding of the molecular basis of living organisms and development of new technologies has created new areas of research as well as excellent employment opportunities in industry, academia, and government.

Bioinformatics and computational biology provide a research platform to acquire, manage, analyze, and display large amounts of data, which in turn catalyze a systems approach to understanding biological organisms, as well as making useful predictions about their behavior in response to environmental and other perturbations. Moreover, bioinformatics is the study of biological systems and large biological data sets using analytical methods borrowed from computer science, mathematics, statistics, and the physical sciences. This interdisciplinary approach to research requires graduates with extensive cross-cultural professional and technical training and provides ample employment opportunities for Ph.D. graduates. Virginia Tech offers the Interdisciplinary PhD Program in Genetics, Bioinformatics, and Computational Biology (GBCB) to provide this research and training environment.

 

Latest News

September 10, 2014
Epigenomics and Computational Biology Laboratory

David Xie, a GBCB faculty member and researcher at VBI, uses new technique to shed light on inherited diseases Read more»


September 10, 2014
A Virtual Outbreak Offers Hints Of Ebola’s Future—

Bryan Lewis, a GBCB graduate, speaks on National Public Radio Read more»


September 10, 2014
Disease modelers project a rapidly rising toll from Ebola

Caitlin Rivers, a GBCB student at Virginia Tech in Blacksburg, expects roughly 1000 new cases in Liberia in the next 2 weeks and a similar number in Sierra Leone. Read more»


August 25, 2014
“ChatterGrabber” helps researchers use social media to identify potential health risks.

GBCB student James Schlitt along with GBCB faculty, Stephen Eubank New social media surveillance tool vital to public health preparedness, researchers say. Read more»


August 22, 2014
Computational epidemiology tutorial featured at ACM Knowledge Discovery and Data Mining Conference

Two GBCB faculty members presenting at the Computational Epidemiology tutorial featured at ACM Knowledge Discovery and Data Mining Conference in New York City Read more»


August 20, 2014
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GBCB faculty member and director of the Medical Informatics and Systems Division at VBI, Harold (Skip) Garner and his lab have found a new way to diagnose brain cancer based on genetic markers found in "junk DNA." Read more»


July 25, 2014
Steps made toward understanding the immune response involved in Helicobacter pylori infection

GBCB graduate, Adria Carbo, first author of the study: Systems Modeling of the Role of Interleukin-21 in the Maintenance of Effector CD4+ T Cell Responses during Chronic Helicobacter pylori Infection published in mBIO July/Aug 2014. http://mbio.asm.org/content/5/4/e01243-14.long Read more»


May 09, 2014
Jeeva Informatics was awarded “Bioscience Company of the Year”

Founded by a GBCB graduate, Dr. Harsha Karur Rajasimha, Jeeva Informatics was awarded "Bioscience Company of the Year" in Montgomery County, Maryland. Read more»


February 07, 2014
Discovery opens up new areas of microbiology, evolutionary biology

Dwi Susanti, lead author, is a GBCB graduate and is currently a postdoc in Biswarup Mukhopadyay's lab in Biochemistry at Virginia Tech. Read more»


June 25, 2012
Researchers use computer model to probe mysteries of human immune system

BLACKSBURG, Va., June 25, 2012 – A new computational model developed by a team of Virginia Tech researchers and published in PLoS Computational Biology provides a framework to better understand responses of macrophage cells of the human immune system. Read more»


March 07, 2012
Scientists awarded grant for mosquito egg production research

BLACKSBURG, Va., March 7, 2012 – A female mosquito’s bite isn’t just for spite -- she needs blood from vertebrate animals for egg development. Female mosquitoes are the only sex known to bite. However, feedings upon multiple hosts has led to the transmission of deadly disease pathogens, including malaria parasites and dengue virus. Read more»


July 01, 2011
2011 Dissertation Fellowship from the Southern Regional Education Board - Yared Kidane

Yared Kidane, a Genetics, Bioinformatics, and Computation Biology student was awarded a dissertation Fellowship from the Southern Regional Education Board for the academic year 2011 - 2012. Read more»


June 07, 2011
U.S. environmental Protection Agency grant to engineer a three-dimensional liver model.

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has awarded one its three-year $750,000 Science to Achieve Results award that it calls STAR to Padma Rajagopalan, a member of the chemical engineering faculty and part of the core faculty in the School of Biomedical Engineering and Sciences at Virginia Tech, and two of her colleagues, T.Tm. Murali and Marion Ehrich. Read more»


June 01, 2011
NSF awards VT Professors in Systems Biology and Tissue Engineering

The National Science Foundation’s Advances in Biological Informatics program area has awarded a three-year, $1.12 million research grant to three Virginia Tech researchers with expertise in systems biology and tissue engineering: T.M. Murali of computer science, Padma Rajagopalan of chemical engineering, and Rich Helm of biochemistry. Read more»


May 04, 2011
New project aims to fuse top-down and bottom-up approaches in systems biology

The National Institutes of Health has awarded Virginia Tech researchers a $2.13 million grant to develop new systems biology approaches to study cells, one of the most basic units of life. Read more»


March 02, 2010
2010 Outstanding Interdisciplinary Doctoral Student - Yizhi Cai

The Graduate School at VT selected Patrick Cai as the 2010 Outstanding Interdisciplinary Doctoral Student. Patrick is a student in the Genetics, Bioinformatics and Computational Biology program. Read more»


July 01, 2009
VT -Initiative to Maximize Student Diversity Scholars - Shernita Lee and Elaine Okanyene Nsoesie

The mission of the VT-IMSD Program is to provide competitive support for doctoral and undergraduate students interested in a career in behavioral and biomedical sciences and engineering. Read more»


June 01, 2009
2009 Outstanding Dissertation Award - Matthew Dyer

Pathosystems Biology: Computational Prediction and Analysis of Host-Pathogen Protein Interaction Networks is the title of Dr. Dyer’s dissertation. Read more»


October 01, 2008
2008 Outstanding Doctoral Student - Konstantinos Krampis

Konstantinos is in the Genetics, Bioinformatics and Computational Biology program. His contributions to the research of a disease resistant soybean have demonstrated true integration Read more»


September 01, 2008
2008 Graduate Man of the Year and Graduate Woman of the Year - Osama Marzouk and LaChelle Waller

The graduate man and woman of the year awards recognize students with high academic achievements and contributions in research, teaching, and scholarship, who are actively involved with professional organizations Read more»


July 01, 2008
VT -Initiative to Maximize Student Diversity Scholars - 2008 - Stephanie “Nikki” Lewis

The mission of the VT-IMSD Program is to provide competitive support for doctoral and undergraduate students interested in a career in behavioral and biomedical sciences and engineering. Read more»


October 01, 2007
2007 Outstanding Doctoral Student - Jory Ruscio

Jory is in the Genetics, Bioinformatics and Computational Biology program. She has been very active member of the Virginia Tech community. Read more»


July 01, 2007
VT - Initiative to Maximize Student Diversity Scholar Award - 2007 -Yared Kidane

The mission of the VT-IMSD Program is to provide competitive support for doctoral and undergraduate students interested in a career in behavioral and biomedical sciences and engineering. Read more»


 

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