Peter Clote, Ph.D., Doctorat d'Etat

Professor, Dept of Biology
Dept of Computer Science (courtesy appointment)

Biology Department, Higgins Hall 577, Boston College
140 Commonwealth Avenue
Chestnut Hill, MA 02467
Email: clote@bc.edu
Tel: (617) 552-1332, Fax: (617) 552-2011
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See CLOTE Computational Biology LAB for lab members, publications, web servers, etc.


Digiteo Foundation Chair of Excellence for collaboration with computer science faculty at Ecole Polytechnique and l'Université Paris-Sud (Orsay) on RNAomics project concerning RNA design and structure. Digiteo Funding supports our research from June 1, 2008 - May 31, 2012. Additional support from the National Science Foundation.


Graduate training in bioinformatics at BC | MIT Bioinformatics Seminar | Research Interests | Current Courses | Other Courses | Publications in Computational Biology | Publications | Boolean Functions and Computation Models | Computational Molecular Biology: An Introduction | Recent Papers | Jazz trio Sharp Eleventh

Research Interests

With a background in mathematics and computer science, I moved into the Biology Department of Boston College in Fall 2002 after more than 20 years in Mathematics and Computer Science Departments: 1979-84 in Mathematics at the University of Paris VII and since 1984 in Computer Science at Boston College, with a hiatus where I held the Gentzen Chair of Theoretical Computer Science at the Ludwig-Maximilians-Universitaet in Munich and was the primary instigator of a graduate Bioinformatics Program which accepted students in 1999). Prior to moving into Biology, my primary research interest was in the interface of theoretical computer science and mathematics, including the following: Editorial Board of Notre Dame Journal of Formal Logic 1991-2003, publication of numerous journal and proceedings articles, co-organizer of three international meetings, co-editor of three research monographs, author of the 600 page research monograph Boolean Functions and Computation Models, jointly written with E. Kranakis, and published in Oct 2002. Tenure as Gentzen Chair of Theoretical Computer Science at Ludwig-Maximilians-Universitaet in Munich allowed a rapid move into Computational Biology/Bioinformatics, leading to the book Computational Molecular Biology: An Introduction, by P. Clote and R. Backofen (an assistant in my Munich group, who completed his post-Ph.D. Habilitationsschrift under my direction on the topic of protein structure prediction using constraint programming methods). On sabbatical in Fall 2000 in the Mathematics Department of M.I.T., I started the MIT Bioinformatics Seminar, and since that time have continued to co-organize this weekly seminar with Bonnie Berger of M.I.T. As a past co-chair for the session Proteins: Structure, Function and Evolution at Pacific Symposium on Biocomputing , I am now Editor of the Bioinformatics Programming Paradigms section of Wiley's Bioinformatics Encyclopedia, a project currently in preparation.

Current interests in computational molecular biology and bioinformatics

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Current Courses

Some past courses

BI424 Computational Foundations of Bioinformatics
BI420 Introduction to Bioinformatics
PH530 Advanced Scientific Computation: Computational Molecular Biology (RNA secondary structure prediction)
BI370 Computational Foundations for Bioinformatics
BI507/MC615 Computational Biology
BI46219 Biology Undergraduate Research
MC397 Bioinformatics Honors Thesis
MC399 Readings in Computer Science
MC383 Algorithms
MC101 Computer Science I with Java
MC140 Computer Science I in C
MC141 Computer Science II in C
MC385 Theory of Computation
MC699 Prolog Programming
Computational Molecular Biology, Fall 2000 at M.I.T.
Computational Molecular Biology lecture courses, compact courses and seminars at Univ Munich
Informatik I,II (Computer Science I and II in Java) at Univ Munich
Theoretical Computer Science, "Unusual Computational Models", Computational Complexity, and other courses at Univ Munich

Co-organizer of the weekly M.I.T. Bioinformatics Seminar, since Fall 2000.

Semi-professional jazz alto saxophone, flute player specializing in conference banquets and international meetings. For full-length sample recordings, go to Sharp Eleventh Web Site.


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