Computational Biomodelling Laboratory
Åbo Akademi University, Department of Information Technologies
Turku Centre for Computer Science
The research of the laboratory centers on the computational modelling of biochemical systems. The approach is to understand as computations the myriad of biochemical processes that evolve in parallel, influence each other, propagate signals, or cooperate on various tasks. Our goal is to increase the understanding of how entire cells adapt, communicate, and survive in dynamic environments, all in terms of computations. Having sound computational models for a biochemical system allows one to employ formal reasoning about its pathways or regulatory networks, formulating predictions and/or running simulations. Such models are also useful for designing novel sorts of computations based on the principles that underline the functioning of bio-systems. Our group is leading research on computational bio-processes, including computational processes in living cells, as well as nature-inspired human-designed computations. The general interest of the laboratory is gaining an understanding of fundamental structures behind the functioning of all kinds of bio-systems. We have considerable expertise in building discrete models, based on combinatorics, graph theory, stochastic processes, etc.