Health Check: Computational Biology

by Barbara Morse Silva, NBC 10 NEWS

New research at Brown University could unlock the secret to a long, healthier life -- or a way to prevent a serious pregnancy complication.

Art, Science of Computational Biology Research get $11.5 M Boost from NIH

by Richard Asinof (Convergence RI Newsletter)

New COBRE in Computational Biology of Human Disease was launched by Brown University on June 1, supporting the research of junior faculty to use sophisticated computer analyses to better understand, combat disease

Brown Medicine Spring 2018 Cover image of Sohini Ramachandran's lab taking a selfie

Code Talker

by Phoebe Hall

Computational biologist Sohini Ramachandran and her team are mining human genetic data to understand the impact of our ancestry on our health.

Not long after Sohini Ramachandran, PhD, joined the Department of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology, in 2010, Brown’s undergraduates were buzzing about the new assistant professor.

“Even though I never took a class with her, I knew who she was,” says Sahar Shahamatdar ’13 MD’22 PhD’23, who was then an engineering concentrator. “She was well known … for being an amazing professor and mentor.”

Sohini Ramachandran Named PECASE Recipient

Congratulations to Sohini Ramachandran who is one of our first junior investigators to graduate from the COBRE Center for Computational Biology of Human Disease.  Dr. Ramachandran's scientific research has been recognized by the Department of Health and Human Services as they nominated her to receive the Presidential Early Career Award for Scientists and Engineers (PECASE).   President Donald Trump announced her as one of the recipients of the award in a press release issued on July 2, 2019.  Click on the Read More button to see the announcement on the White House website.

NIH awards Brown $10.8M to expand data-informed research to fight human disease

by Corrie Pikul

PROVIDENCE, R.I. [Brown University] — Five years after an $11.5 million federal grant launched the COBRE Center for Computational Biology of Human Disease at Brown University, the National Institutes of Health has awarded $10.8M in new funds to Brown to build on the center’s early success.

The center — a federal Center of Biomedical Research Excellence funded by the NIH’s National Institute of General Medical Sciences — uses sophisticated computer analyses to advance research aimed at understanding and fighting human diseases.

Director David Rand, a professor of biology at Brown, said the renewal funds will enhance the center’s research infrastructure, enable strengthened collaboration among scientists working with computational and bioinformatics tools, and support four new research projects. Rand said there is a “computational revolution” happening in the biomedical sciences, as researchers need computational analyses to help them make sense of massive amounts of available data.