The chair of Informational Biology was founded in 2003.
The chair trains students majoring in informational biology. The chair prepares specialists able to work in research organizations dealing with fundamental problems in biology, ecology, medicine, environment control and so on, along with the problems solved across biology and mathematics, informatics, physics and chemistry.
The main current trends in informational biology are the following:
- Creation of computer databases to store experimental data on structure and function of biological objects at all the levels of their hierarchy from molecular genetic, including organismal, to population one;
- Development of algorithms and software suites to analyze data stored in the above mentioned databases;
- Development of theoretical and computer methods of genome analysis and exploring the genome content;
- Study of the procedures of storage, realization and transmission of genetic information encoded in genomes;
- Development of computer modelling technologies of gene networks and processes including fundamental: replication, transcription etc.;
- Modelling the structure and function of genetic macromolecules and molecular interaction between them;
- Study of the patterns of evolution of genetic macromolecules and gene networks;
- Development of theoretical and computer modeling principles for gene networks of producers with specified properties;
- Creation of mathematical models of cells and organisms functioning on the basis of information recorded in their genomes;
- Creation of mathematical models of reproduction, functioning and evolution of populations and ecosystems;
- Development of theoretical principles of new generation pharmacology, biotechnology and agrobiology.