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Computational Biology and Bioinformatics Research Group

The Computational Biology Research Group uses bioinformatics to tackle big questions in biology. Our team specializes in the analysis of massive amounts of data from genomics and structural biology to gain new insights into biological processes. Cutting-edge algorithms and software are used to advance our understanding of biological systems.

Molecular Biophysics and Structural Research Group

This research group focuses on Molecular Biophysics and Structural Biology, with a particular interest in the discovery, design, and development of biopharmaceuticals. Their current research includes molecular and cell biology, computational biology, and mathematical modeling to develop drugs for communicable and non-communicable diseases. The research group also utilizes aptamer technology and nanobiotechnology to create point-of-care diagnostics for disease diagnosis in non-clinical settings. Additionally, the group studies cancer biology in relation to nanotechnology and natural plant products. Neglected tropical diseases and other diseases such as malaria, HIV/AIDS, Alzheimer’s, obesity, and diabetes are at the core of their research initiatives. Mathematical modeling is used to understand disease spread and co-infection, as well as to develop biocontrol measures.

Molecular-plant virology laboratory

The research group focuses on host-pathogen interactions in plant-virus pathosystems. Her research focuses on the study of plant-virus interactions, specifically in the areas of epigenetics and gene expression. We aim to elucidate the underlying virus-host interactions to understand how these determine pathology and transmission. The current research focus is on geminivirus infection in tomato crops. Our research group is eager to continue exploring new and innovative strategies for sustainable plant virus control and is dedicated to advancing our understanding of the complex interactions between plants and viruses.