Dr. Karin Remington on Computational Biology

Uploaded by NIGMS on 02.06.2011

Karin Remington, Ph.D. Expert on computational biology

I’m Karin Remington I direct the Center for Bioinformatics and
Computational Biology at NIGMS. And we have research portfolios in a couple
of broad areas that we really parse things out very broadly. One of them is
in bioinformatics where we look at all of the
large scale data that’s coming out of our new technologies in biomedical
research. Whether it’s sequencing microarray expression analysis.
Other technologies like that. And we find ways to store them efficiently
present them to the researcher efficiently, providing visualization
tools. All of that kind of work falls under that umbrella. We have a modeling
program as well, where we’re looking at bringing the rigor of mathematics, the
techniques that come to bear there, the thinking of things in a computational
way into studying all sorts of aspects of cell biology, organismal biology
evolutionary biology. There’s all sorts of different aspects that you can
bring modeling to bear at and bring that real mathematical rigor into the system. So
that’s another portfolio that we have in our center. We have a few special programs that
we really like to feature. One is systems biology where we fund center
programs. We have almost a dozen really strong centers in systems biology.
And systems biology is just looking at various aspects from the cellular level to the
organismal level. And thinking of things not in the traditional sort of scientific
mode of reductionism and looking at one particular aspect. But really looking at
how things work together and trying to get new insights by looking at
that big picture. We have another program that we run jointly with the
National Science Foundation in mathematical biology trying to bring those traditional
NSF researchers in mathematics into the biomedical realm. And that’s been really
rewarding for us and capitalizing on that pool of talent and bringing it into the NIH
community. And then also we have a program. A really exciting and growing program
training program both in biostatics and in bioinformatics and computational biology. These are
institutional training programs where a particular institution puts forward their best students
and their best student pool and is working toward really growing a new
cadre of scientists who are familiar with both computational and quantitative ideas
as well as with the biological underpinnings. And we’re really excited about what
that program can give to kind of our future research endeavor.
It’s really a great place to be here in the Center kind of at this interface between a lot of
different interacting pieces. And we’re really excited about the work we’re doing here.

National Institute of General Medical Sciences National Institutes of Health May 2010