for Modelling and Predictive Biology
The 21st century has seen a revolution in biology. We can sequence whole genomes cheaply and fast, image the dynamics of gene activity from microscopic bacteria up to the whole human body, and precisely modify the DNA of almost any organism. Our ability to generate quantitative data at scale is essential and still improving – giving us the tantalising hope of being able to control, repair and engineer living systems.
However, these impressive technical advances have not yet translated into an ability to accurately control, or even to accurately predict, the behaviour of most real living systems. Biology is complex, and a remaining revolution is still ahead of us: to make biology predictable and controllable – converting data into understanding, through improved computational and theoretical modelling – from the design of new proteins and the repair of human organs, up to the prediction of whole ecosystems. The Barcelona Collaboratorium for Predictive Modelling will create a new space for interaction of computational biology - promoting researchers to collaborate, share ideas and synergize across disciplines and scales.