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Welcome to the main Bioinformatics and Computational Biology portal at Boston College Biology! The Boston College Biology department currently has 23 full-time faculty, with active experimental research in areas spanning cell cycle Biology, infection and immunity, molecular cell Biology, developmental Biology, and neuroscience. The department is housed in Higgins Hall, a new, $80+ million research building on our Chestnut Hill Campus.

Please see the Biology Department web site for more information.

Computational Biology / Bioinformatics Research Labs

Bioinformatics is a multidisciplinary field which includes mathematical modeling, the design, implementation and application of algorithms to answer fundamentally important questions in Biology. Bioinformatics is a new research area at Boston College, with a growing number of faculty and substantial investments by the University. For futher details please visit the web sites of these laboratories:

Peter Clote, Ph.D. (Duke University)
Biomedical structure prediction, RNA and protein folding.
Boston College Web Page
Michelle Meyer, Ph.D. (California Institute of Technology)
Non-coding RNA discovery, validation, and evolution in microorganisms.
Boston College Web Page
Babek Momeni, Ph.D. (Georgia Institute of Technolgy)
We study the ecology and evolution of microbial communities using quantitative and systems biology approaches.​ The lab combines mathematical modeling with experimen​tation to link interactions among species to community-level functions.
Boston College Web Page
Tim van Opijnen, Ph.D. (University of Amsterdam, the Netherlands)
Boston College Web Page

Former faculty in the Bioinformatics group

Graduate Studies in Bioinformatics

The Biology Department at Boston College is accepting applications for students who wish to pursue their studies in the fields of Bioinformatics and Computational Biology towards a Ph.D. degree in Biology. These students will be taking a core of courses in Computational Biology and Bioinformatics that are integrated with a comprehensive Biology curriculum (including graduate Genetics, Biochemistry, Molecular and Cell Biology). Recent new facilities include a computer teaching laboratory, and a Beowulf style computer cluster. Bioinformatics students will pursue research at the forefront of of modern Computational Biology, while also having the opportunity to complement their studies in experimental Biology laboratories.

Please see the Boston College Biology Department web site for information on applying for graduate study.


Postdoctoral positions

We occasionally have postdoctoral openings. For information about openings please contact the individual laboratory web sites.


GENERAL INQUIRIES (through the Biology Department at Boston College)

Colette McLaughlin (Telephone: 617.552.3540 Fax: 617.552.2011)


Department of Biology, Room 355, Boston College, 140 Commonwealth Avenue, Chestnut Hill, MA 02467