What the heck is Bioinformatics, anyway? A field of study that combines biology, statistics and computer science, bioinformatics helps us make sense of biological data like DNA and explain how the magic we call life plays out in our tiny cells. Dr. Saurabh Sinha leads a bioinformatics lab and is here to help illuminate its vast potential. Join us to learn more about how Dr. Sinha sees his field advancing and changing the way we think about our DNA.
Since the discovery of DNA, the blueprint of life written in A’s, C’s, T’s and G’s, we have learned a lot more about how genes work. Genes determine our eye color, the speed at which trees grow, and how viruses infect organisms all over the planet. Bioinformatics allows us to better understand the way these processes work. A grand challenge in the field is to explain how specific genes are turned on and off in an exquisitely coordinated manner, in just the right cells at just the right time. Understanding gene regulation has a lot of potential to do real good, for instance by helping diagnose and cure disease, or by engineering alternative energy solutions, but also pushes modern data science to the limits of its capability. What are these challenges and how are bioinformaticians meeting them? What does the future of understanding DNA look like? What can we expect gene regulation to do for us? Register to find out!
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