Systems biology is the computational and mathematical analysis and modelling of complex biological systems. It is a biology-based interdisciplinary field of study that focuses on complex interactions within biological systems; i.e. it looks at the ‘big picture’.
Bioinformatics combines biology, computer science, information engineering, mathematics and statistics to analyse and interpret biological data.
Recent advances in the use and integration of computational biology means that we are now able to generate more detailed data from experimental and patient samples. At NCARD, we have enthusiastically adopted an interdisciplinary approach; bringing biological and computer scientists together to help us to discover more about asbestos related diseases.
Many of our current projects involve the use of either systems biology or bioinformatics or both.