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MOL2NET, 4th Edition

September 17, 2018

Dr. Danail Bonchav, Professor Emeritus, is a volume editor, co-chair, and member of honor for the MOL2NET (from Molecular to Networks) International Conference on Multidisciplinary Sciences. Now in its fourth year, these conferences have more than ten associated workshop series across the globe. Topics are multidisciplinary covering but not limited to chemistry, physics, biology, ecology, statistics, bioinformatics, nanotechnology, materials, complex networks, computational and social sciences, etc. All of the proceedings are available online, open access and free of charge. See MOL2NET, 4th edition for more details.

First Look

September 4, 2018

Meet Suha Minai - a Bioinformatics major in the Center for Biological Data Science in Life Sciences - one of 6,000 new students at VCU.

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Michael Rosenberg, Ph.D. announced as new director for Center for Biological Complexity

July 1, 2018

Dr. Robert M. Tombes, Vice Provost for Life Sciences and Research at Virginia Commonwealth University, recently announced that Dr. Michael Rosenberg will become the new director of the Center for Biological Complexity (CSBC). Dr. Rosenberg has held the position of associate professor in the School of Life Sciences at Arizona State University since 2008.  He received his Doctor of Philosophy in Ecology and Evolution from the State University of New York in Stony Brook in 2000, and his Bachelor of Arts in Biology, Geology and Anthropology from Northwestern University in 1994.

Rosenberg’s vision as director is that of biological data science: the use of computational and statistical approaches to collect, organize, analyze, and interpret life sciences data at all scales, from molecular and cellular levels through individuals, populations, and communities, thus encompassing scale-dependent subdisciplines such as bioinformatics, ecoinformatics, phyloinformatics, and biodiversity informatics. He seeks to recruit a set of independent tenure-track faculty with complementary expertise in computational methodologies who will collaborate and connect with diverse units and scholars across both campuses to tackle questions spanning all aspects of life sciences. He envisions his faculty offering core competency courses and/or workshops in bioinformatics for the VCU community at large.

“I am confident that Dr. Rosenberg has the experience and enthusiasm necessary to lead faculty and students, and to be an excellent collaborator,” stated Dr. Tombes.  “His use of modern bioinformatics tools to assess a full spectrum of problems from human disease to invertebrate evolution will benefit students and the entire research community.”

Examples of the diversity of his recent projects include comparative primate genomics, rattlesnake population genetics and the evolution of human diseases including HIV, tuberculosis and leprosy.

Dr. Rosenberg has published 47 peer-reviewed articles, is co-author of chapters in publications including Handbook of Meta-analysis in Ecology and Evolution and Handbook of Statistical Bioinformatics, as well a creator of meta-analysis and spatial statistical software. He will continue his position as associate editor for Molecular Biology and Evolution.

Rainbow-colored chameleon from Madagascar named after Dr. Peter Uetz

May 17, 2018

By Brian McNeill, University Public Affairs

A newly identified species of chameleon found in the forests of northern Madagascar has been named in honor of the Virginia Commonwealth University professor who created the Reptile Database, a catalog of reptile species and classification that is relied upon by scientists and hobbyists around the world who study reptiles.

The spectacularly rainbow-colored chameleon, Calumma uetzi, has been named after Peter Uetz, Ph.D., an associate professor of systems biology and bioinformatics in the Center for the Study of Biological Complexity in VCU Life Sciences.

Read the entire article, "Meet Calumma uetzi, a rainbow-colored chameleon from Madagascar that was just named after a VCU professor."