Understanding the function and evolution of genomes, how they interact with each other and the environment and the consequences for health and fitness, requires a combination of new high throughput experimental techniques and innovative approaches to handling, analysing and integrating the massive data these techniques produce. Insight and understanding in this 21st century enterprise are quintessentially interdisciplinary.
The Institute, cutting across departments and colleges at Penn State, brings together people with a range of expertise and scientific perspectives. Centers of excellence and projects within the Institute belong to four broad thematic areas:
Algorithms, computational tools and bioinformatics
Statistics and machine learning for high throughput data analysis and integration
Functional, evolutionary and ecological genomics
Translation and biomedical applications